Legislation on direct-to-consumer genetic testing in seven European countries
Pascal Borry, Rachel E van Hellemondt, Dominique Sprumont, Camilla Fittipaldi Duarte Jales, Emmanuelle Rial-Sebbag, Tade Matthias Spranger, Liam Curren, Jane Kaye, Herman Nys, Heidi Howard
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2012
An increasing number of private companies are now offering direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing services. Although a lot of attention has been devoted to the regulatory framework of DTC genetic testing services in the USA, only limited information about the regulatory framework in Europe is available. We will report on the situation with regard to the national legislation on DTC genetic testing in seven European countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, France, Germany, the United Kingdom). The paper will address whether these countries have legislation that specifically address the issue of DTC genetic testing or have relevant laws that is pertinent to the regulatory c..View full abstract
Awarded by Welcome Trust
HCH is funded by the European Commission FP7 Marie Curie initiative. REV is funded by the Centre for Society and Genomics in the framework of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative. JK is funded by the Welcome Trust WT081407/Z/06/Z; LC is funded by the European Commission FP7 project BIOSHARE; ERS is supported by the TEGALSI contract Institut de recherche en sante publique (Services de sante-politiques publiques et sante 2009).