The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

The role of birth certificates in relation to access to biographical and genetic history in donor conception

Blyth, Eric, Frith, Lucy, Jones, Caroline and Speirs, Jennifer (2009) The role of birth certificates in relation to access to biographical and genetic history in donor conception International Journal of Children's Rights, 17, (2), pp. 207-233. (doi:10.1163/157181808X389254).

Record type: Article


In 1984, among its recommendations for the regulation of assisted conception services in the UK, the Warnock Committee proposed that the birth certificate of a donor-conceived person should record the fact of donor conception. While this proposal was never implemented, over twenty years later, a Joint Committee of the House of Lords and House of Commons recommended the use of birth certificates as a means of enabling donor-conceived persons to learn the nature of their conception. In response, the Government has committed to review the role of birth certificates. This paper represents an initial contribution to this exercise. It provides an overview of the legislative, policy and practice context of disclosure of donor conception, outlines arguments against and in favour of potential changes to birth certificates, and describes and critiques current propositions for revising birth certification. The paper concludes that there is a case for revising birth certificates and outlines a workable model to promote disclosure without compromising privacy concerns.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 2009
Keywords: donor-conception, birth certificates, identity, rights


Local EPrints ID: 73627
ISSN: 0927-5568
PURE UUID: b6a25dca-0009-4833-a49c-2513a63dae55

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 10 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:48

Export record



Author: Eric Blyth
Author: Lucy Frith
Author: Caroline Jones
Author: Jennifer Speirs

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.