DR FRANCOISE SHENFIELD, LRCP, MRCS, MA (Medical law and ethics)
Clinical Lecturer and specialist in Reproductive Medicine Unit, EGA, University College Hospital, Euston Road, London NW1
Françoise Shenfield is a Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UCH London and UCL Medical School and Honorary Lecturer in Medicine (Medical Law and Ethics). She is a past member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (1999-2002), and a current member of the French Academie Nationale de Medecine
She has been involved in the care of infertile couples for over 35 years at the Middx Hospital and then UCLH and has a special interest in the ethical and legal aspects of reproduction -in particular the European comparative dimension of ART.
She has authored or co-authored over 100 articles, and 15 chapters in ethics and law in ART in different ART books, and co edited 5 books on this specific subject. She is a regular speaker at international meetings, workshops and working groups on the ethical dilemmas of ART, and Cross border reproductive care issues and gametes cryopreservation in particular. She takes part regularly in graduate and post graduate teaching at UCL and at international meetings (ESHRE, ASRM, FIGO, diverse national fertility societies).
As a member of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESRHE), she set up a special interest group (SIG) in medical law and ethics for the Society, and is a founder member of the ESHRE Ethics and Law taskforce which reflected on ethical issues on behalf of the Society; the resulting considerations numbering 22, are on ESHRE’s website (www.eshre.eu). She was a member of its executive committee for 6 years till July 2013, coordinator of its Taskforce for Cross Border Reproductive care, which led to the first international publication of data in the field, and is now past coordinator of the Special interest group Global and Socio cultural aspects or (in)fertility (GSCAIF). This group collaborated with EIM to publish European data on oocyte, and ovarian tissue cryopreservation for both medical and non medical indications, which is still a current interest.
She has also been a member of the ethics committee of FIGO (international federation of Obs. and Gynae. societies) for 15 years, and co-chair of the committee for 3 years. All published ethics considerations are on FIGO’s website (www.FIGO.org).