With the encouragement of IVF pioneer Patrick Steptoe, the British
Fertility Society was founded in 1972, by a small group with a common
interest in infertility. Since then the burgeoning knowledge in this
exciting area of medicine has resulted in the development and introduction
of many new reproductive technologies and into clinical practice.
The interests of the BFS has broadened to a range unimaginable 30
years ago. The British Fertility Society has grown alongside the development
of our speciality and now actively promotes the sharing of knowledge,
further education and raising standards of practice.
Today, the Society recognises the multi-disciplinary nature of
science and practice of reproductive medicine and welcomes andrologists,
counsellors, embryologists, endocrinologists, nurses, and other
professional groups working in this field, into its membership.
The activities of the BFS are directed by the Executive Committee, elected by the membership. A number of sub-committees have remit for specific areas, namely Training, Policy & Practice, Meetings, and Website. The Committees are held quarterly and report to the Annual General Meeting at the Annual BFS Meeting.
- To provide a common forum for members of various disciplines, with
an interest in infertility, reproductive medicine and biology, to
meet and discuss practice, research, policy and ethics for the advancement
of the subject.
- To promote high quality practice and research by holding scientific
meetings and poster sessions, symposia and workshops for educational
- To hold joint meetings with societies having related interests.
- To seek support for training fellowships, attendance at other national
and international fertility society meetings and prizes for high
quality submissions to society meetings.
- To publish material aimed at promoting high standards in the discipline.
- To promote high standards of training in all areas of the discipline.
- To liaise with professional and governmental organisations to discuss
and promote higher standards in all relevant professional activities.
- To liaise with patient organisations to promote areas of mutual
- To be an effective voice, projected to society, to explain and promote
principles and good practice in infertility.
- To respond, on behalf of its membership, to matters of public concern
relating to infertility and its treatment.