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Doctors call for greater transparency over limits of genetic tests

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4950
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    Scientists have called for much more openness around direct to consumer genetic testing. Speaking at the meeting “Does genetics matter?” held in London this week, David Melzer, professor of epidemiology and public health at Peninsular Medical School, criticised the current regulatory system on genetic testing in Europe.

    “European standards of regulation on genetic testing are very poor. The key is to end the secrecy and publish the clinical evidence behind any tests offered,” he said.

    “In the European Union we need an independent scientific committee to make judgments about genetic tests and the whole system to be based on transparency,” said Professor Melzer at the meeting, which was organised by the Progress Educational Trust, a charity that …

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