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Agreement reached in IVF claim
Mohamed Taranissi
Mr Taranissi is Britain's most successful test-tube baby doctor
A high-profile IVF doctor has reached an agreement over a libel complaint against the fertility watchdog.

Mohamed Taranissi has been fighting suggestions that he offered ineffective treatments and that figures on his success rates were incorrect.

In a High Court statement, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said he was doing nothing wrong in offering such treatments.

The suggestions were broadcast as part of a Panorama investigation.

Mr Taranissi also complained about material on the HFEA website about its refusal to publish the clinic's success rate figures.

The HFEA accepts that Mr Taranissi is committed to providing the best possible outcome for his patients

The HFEA confirmed that figures showing the clinic had the highest success rate in the UK for babies born through fertility treatment were correct.

And added that it did not intend to criticise Mr Taranissi's clinical standards, treatment or patient care.

Raids

The HFEA had also carried out raids on Mr Taranissi's clinics - the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre (ARGC) and Reproductive Genetics Institute (RGI).

In June, the High Court ruled the searches were "unlawful".

On the issue of reproductive immunology - the therapy that had been questioned - the HFEA statement said: "There is no conclusive evidence to show that these treatments are either beneficial or ineffective.

"However, some doctors genuinely believe that they offer benefits for their patients, and they are doing nothing wrong in providing such tests and treatments."

The statement added: "The HFEA accepts that Mr Taranissi is committed to providing the best possible outcome for his patients."

The lawyer for Mr Taranissi welcomed the agreement and said he hoped it would lead to a better working relationship with the regulator.

But an issue over the licensing of Mr Taranissi's clinics is ongoing, a HFEA spokesperson confirmed.

In July, he was barred from being the "person responsible" for ensuring the clinics abide by the law. Mr Taranissi is appealing that decision, and retains his "person responsible" pending that appeal.

But he is still allowed to treat patients.

Mr Taranissi is suing the BBC for libel saying that the allegations made in the Panorama programme were inaccurate.



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