The British Infertility Counselling Assocoiation (BICA), the only professional association for
infertility counsellors in the UK, has today welcomed the decision by Merck Serono to
sponsor its training programme for counsellors new to the field of infertility and assisted
The HF&E Act (2008) requires licensed centres to offer counselling to all patients and
donors with their partners, if they have them, and the HFEA Code of Practice (ed 9) sets out
the framework within which counselling should be provided.
To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) have collaborated with the International Infertility Counselling Organisation (IICO) to jointly arrange a workshop on the challenges for counsellors and other infertility professionals both in the UK and overseas as people increasingly cross borders for treatment. This is at the Excel Centre, London on Saturday 6 July 2013 and has attracted many international colleagues with an interest in the psychosocial aspects of infertility.