UK watchdog calls for international code to ensure safety of genetic tests for consumers

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 09 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3676
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    International regulations are needed to ensure that people who buy genetic tests from pharmacies or over the internet are fully counselled about their implications, the United Kingdom’s genetic watchdog has said.

    A code of practice developed by the Human Genetics Commission, which advises the UK government on developments in human genetics, says that people who buy genetic tests need to be aware of the possible outcomes and what they could expect to find out. Tests for serious hereditary …

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