Robinson Bradshaw

Author: David Clark

U.K. Human Genetics Commission Proposes Principles for DTC Genetic Testing Services

Last month, the Human Genetics Commission, the U.K. government’s genetics advisory body, issued for public comment a “Common Framework of Principles” for direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing services. The Principles are derived from earlier reports by the Commission (Genes Direct (2003) (pdf) and More Genes Direct (2007) (pdf)) and seek to: …promote high standards and consistency in the […]

Genetic Exceptionalism and Paternalism Themes in new German Legislation

In April, the German Parliament approved the Human Genetic Examination Act. An English translation of the Act (pdf), which appears likely to be enacted, was recently posted to EuroGentest. (Special thanks to the PHG Foundation for locating the translation.) The Act is a clear example of what is known as “genetic exceptionalism”—the belief that genetic […]

Is the ACCP’s Call for Greater Governmental Regulation of DTC Genetics Premature?

Another player has entered the debate over direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing and come down on the side of greater regulation. In a position statement authored by Barbara Ameer and Norberto Krivoy (pdf), the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP) proposes greater regulation of laboratory genetic tests generally, DTC advertising of genetic tests, and communication to […]

U.K. House of Lords Issues Report on Genomic Medicine

On July 7, the Science and Technology Committee of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords issued its report on genomic medicine (pdf).  The Report is optimistic about the potential long-term benefits of translating advances in genetics into substantial improvements in medical care but determines that the National Health Service (NHS) is not currently equipped to […]