Genetic tests have particular importance for several reasons:
- They have implications not only for the individual being tested, but also for their relatives;
- The results are valid for life, as every individual’s genetic makeup is determined at the moment of conception;
- The results can be predictive of serious or fatal disorders in individuals who are still healthy;
- Prenatal test results can determine the fate of a pregnancy.
The importance and implications of genetic tests place a heavy burden of responsibility on the services that perform them, to ensure that the results are correct.
EuroGentest2 Unit 1 aims to harmonize quality standards in medical genetics throughout Europe, and to encourage and assist medical genetic services in improving and maintaining their quality. These aims will be achieved via a number of specific activities and work packages which are described in these pages.
Unit 1 objectives
- to help and encourage labs to implement a quality system
- provision of sustainable and harmonized EQA for all genetic labs through National and European EQA
- to facilitate access to and production of (certified) reference materials