Donor banks in the UK are required to be licensed by the HFEA, where details relating to each donor are recorded. Donors are requested to provide a pen portrait of themselves, as this information is helpful and greatly valued by donor children. Amendments to The Human Fertilisation & Act (HFE Act) were introduced from 1st April 2005. These amendments have removed the anonymity of donors; this means that children born as a result of sperm donation can have access to identifying information about their donor once they reach the age of 18.
The recipients of donor sperm will not have access to identifying information.