FAQs on FPA's liquidation and new ownership

Questions and answers about what's happened to FPA

The sexual health charity FPA was placed into liquidation due to a historic pension deficit on 15 May 2019. It has ceased to operate as a charity and a limited company.

The FPA name and this website are now owned and operated by McCorquodale (Midlands) Ltd trading as FPA.

Below, we've answered some questions you might have about what's happened and what you can now expect from FPA.

If you have a question that's not answered here, you can contact us.

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McCorquodale (Midlands) Ltd is a printing and distribution firm, based in Derby. We worked closely with the sexual health charity FPA for nearly 30 years.

The sexual health charity FPA was placed into liquidation and ceased to operate on 15 May 2019.

We at McCorquodale wanted to see the charity's important work continue and have purchased a number of assets from the trading arm of FPA. 

The FPA assets now owned by McCorquodale include:

  • the FPA name – as we are not a registered charity, we are now known as FPA, the sexual health company
  • the FPA website www.fpa.org.uk, including FPA's online shop
  • the online relationships and sex education resource for primary schools, Growing up with Yasmine and Tom
  • FPA's booklets for young people at secondary school
  • FPA's gold-standard contraception, sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy choices booklets (under licence from Public Health England)
  • plus many more of FPA's valued resources.

Since FPA went into liquidation, many of its programmes and services have been transferred to other organisations.

Sexwise, the national sexual and reproductive health promotion programme, is currently being run by Public Health England, the programme funders.

In Northern Ireland, former FPA staff are working to establish a new charity, registered in Northern Ireland. The new organisation, Informing Choices NI, intends to continue the services formerly provided by FPA in Northern Ireland including a pregnancy choices counselling service, a sexual health helpline, a learning disability programme and training for professionals, as well as an advocacy project focusing on reproductive rights.
For more information call 028 9031 6100 or email ruairi.rowan@informingchoicesni.org

Jiwsi, FPA’s longest running programme, will continue in North Wales through a not-for-profit social enterprise called Cwmni Addysg Rhyw/Sex Education Company. This is run by Mel Gadd – who has managed the Jiwsi project for over 16 years – and Corrina Williams. Jiwsi works with vulnerable young people across North Wales offering sexual health education and support.
Contact jiwsi.mel@gmail.com or jiwsi.corrina@gmail.com for more information.

FPA training for professionals is no longer available. Lightley Consulting, a group of former FPA trainers, are offering training for anyone working with people with learning disabilities, as well as some contraception training for nurses.
For more information contact clairewithwings@gmail.com

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Sexual and Reproductive Health has continued its inquiry into contraceptive services with a report due to be published in autumn 2019. Although FPA will no longer provide the secretariat, it's anticipated that the APPG will continue.

Sexual Health Week is now being run by the young people’s charity Brook.
See www.brook.org.uk/SHW19 for more information.

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If you need information or commentary on the history of contraception or specific information about FPA's former work, previous FPA charity staff, now working as consultants for the sexual health company FPA, may be able to assist. In the first instance, contact former FPA CEO Natika H Halil on natikah@fpa.org.uk

We're pleased to have former FPA staff, including former CEO Natika H Halil, working with us as consultants to support us in the areas we have purchased.

Any FPA products, publications and resources that are updated in the future will go through the same rigorous, evidence-based quality assurance process that was followed by the charity FPA.

We plan to continue to work with colleagues in the sector, such as Public Health England, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH).

Yes. We'll make sure that the gold-standard patient information leaflets (under licence from Public Health England) and other FPA leaflets and publications remain up-to-date and based on the latest evidence-based guidelines.

We'll follow FPA's rigourous quality assurance process, and ensure input from clinical experts.

FPA's former Head of Communications and Clinical Consultant will oversee all updates.

Yes, you can expect the same level of service for products and services as you received from FPA the charity.

We're delighted to have Julie Arnaa, former FPA Senior Sales and Marketing Officer, working with us as Sales and Marketing Manager. Julie will be processing all orders and responding to any questions you may have.

If you are not completely happy with the service that you have received please contact Carl Bullwright at carlb@fpa.org.uk or Julie Arnaa at juliea@fpa.org.uk