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All genetic testing requires consent. It is the responsibility of the referring clinician to obtain appropriate consent from the patient for genetic testing. The laboratory assumes that, on receipt of a clinical sample and a completed referral form, consent has been obtained by the referring clinician. Verbal test requests can be made to activate testing on stored samples but must be supported by written confirmation of the request to enable the laboratory to commence testing.

Where appropriate, extracted DNA is stored for possible future (consented) testing and for quality assurance purposes. This includes DNA from patients where no genetic test is currently available or required.

Fixed cell suspensions of cultured cells may be used for quality assurance purposes but are usually only stored only for a short time period, unless long term storage has been specifically requested.

Health Education England have produced a training package for obtaining consent for genomic tests. It is available here.

The standard NW GLH Genomic test consent form can be found below:

NW GLH Genomic test consent form




For further information, please see the below.