Consent

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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.

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.

For further information, please see the below.