The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Act of 2015) was enacted to modernise family law in a way that is inclusive of and sensitive to the reality of contemporary family life in Ireland and to meet the needs of children living in diverse family types. The Minister for Health is responsible for the commencement of Parts 2 and 3 of the Act of 2015 and associated regulations.
Parts 2 & 3 of the Act of 2015 contain provisions relating to the consents required of parties to donor assisted human reproduction (DAHR) procedures (both donors and intending parents). These provisions include requiring the consent of the donor(s) to the recording of certain information about the themselves on the National Donor-Conceived Person Register (to be established under Part 3) to allow the rights of donor-conceived people to access (should they wish) information about their genetic heritage when they reach the age of 18 from the Register.
Regulations to be made under the Act of 2015 include a declaration of consent to be signed by a donor before they make a gamete donation for use in a DAHR procedure in the State. If the gamete is acquired from outside the State the donor must provide consent that is substantially the same as the statutory regulation. In advance of the commencement of these Regulations a sample information sheet on donor consent forms has been provided to fertility clinics on these requirements.