This voluntary contact register, formerly known as UK DonorLink (UKDL), has been set up to enable people conceived through donated sperm or eggs, their donors and half-siblings to exchange information and, where desired, to contact each other. The register is available throughout the UK and has historically been intended for anyone who donated in a UK clinic or was conceived following treatment in a UK clinic before August 1991. Those that were conceived after 1 August 1991 are welcome to get involved as well.
The register uses DNA testing performed by the laboratory at King's College London to identify potential links between registrants. The administration of the DNA testing along with the counselling service is provide by the Hewitt Fertility Centre, more information can be found by clicking here.
The register has been running since 2004 leading to several links between donors and their donor offspring and donor offspring sharing the same donor. Contact has taken place in various ways, dependent on the wishes of the parties involved. Information can be shared via an independent third party, emails can be exchanged or people can meet up.