Gendiagnostikgesetz: Konsequenzen für die genetische Beratung

Translated title of the contribution: The German Genetic Diagnosis Act: Its impact on genetic counseling

G. Gillessen-Kaesbach*, R. Glaubitz, B. Eiben

*Corresponding author for this work


The enormous advances in human genetics contribute almost daily to the identification of new disease-causing genes. The consequences of this genetic information are of significant importance in the personal management of a disease and individual life planning. Genetic counseling provides information on the nature of the disease, the importance of genetic findings, preventive measures, diagnosis and therapy. This information forms the basis for an autonomous decision. Since 1st February 2010 the Human Genetic Examination Act (Genetic Diagnosis Act, GenDG) has been regulating the use of genetic tests, the use of genetic samples and data in humans. It also defines genetic counseling requirements. As of the 2nd February 2012 only those physicians who have gained an appropriate qualification may perform genetic counseling.

Translated title of the contributionThe German Genetic Diagnosis Act: Its impact on genetic counseling
Original languageGerman
JournalMedizinische Genetik
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)438-443
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2011


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