A top performance from our laboratory team

We were delighted to learn this week that we have come third out of 78 top performing laboratories for our skills in embryo assessment. This is well deserved recognition for the work and dedication of Lynne Glover and her team in our Embryology department at the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre.

The results were announced by the United Kingdom National External Quality Assessment Service (UK NEQAS), and have been published in GameteExpert (read the full article here).


“Embryo selection is key to a successful programme especially with regard to elective single embryo transfers. ACE has been fully supportive of the NEQAS embryo grading scheme.”

Rachel Cutting. Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE)

“Schemes such as this are a welcome addition in helping centres to improve the quality of the services they provide.”

Debra Bloor. Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)


The results acknowledge the skill that the team has for assessing embryo morphology and selecting embryos after IVF/ICSI for transfer and cryopreservation. They reveal our high standards of laboratory practice and skill in embryo selection.

The news is good news for us, but also, of course, good news for our patients. With it comes the reassurance of our experience and expertise. It also provides the information needed to see how we compare to other laboratories. Ultimately it gives them confidence in our service.

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