3rd Meeting of the CAPABILITY-Network and the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) on Genetic Testing in Emerging Economies (GenTEE)

Meeting report - 3rd Meeting of the CAPABILITY-Network and the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) on Genetic Testing in Emerging Economies (GenTEE)

Beijing (P.R. China)

October-November 2011

The GenTEE (Genetic Testing in Emerging Economies) consortium held its 3rd meeting on 28th October to 1st November, 2011, in Beijing, P.R. China. The meeting was organized locally by Prof. Nanbert Zhong, Center of Medical Genetics, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, P. R. China and internationally by the EU Joint Research Institute in Ispra, Italy, the Institute of Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP), and the Women's Health Research Unit at the Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet (WWU), Muenster, Germany.

GenTEE is an international networking partnership that brings together geneticists from Europe, and nine International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC) including: Argentina, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Oman, Philippines and South Africa and EuroGentest2 WP 8 (“Best Practice Guidelines for Provision of Clinical Genetic Service”) to

  • document and compare current practice and the state of genetic service provision in the nine ICPC
  • accelerate information exchange on best practices among countries/regions

GenTEE and its networking activities stand in the tradition of previous projects funded by the European Commission on the collection of comparative data on genetic services development, namely the “Concerted Action on Genetics Services in Europe” Survey (CAGSE, funded by FP5), the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) Survey and Report “Towards quality assurance and harmonisation of genetic testing services in the EU” (2003) that led to EuroGentest(1) and the CAPABILITY project, a Specific Support Action for EuroGentest(1).

The major objective of the workshop was to discuss the preliminary outcome of a joint survey on genetic service and testing development in the nine participating ICPC and to prepare the survey outcome report to be published by the IHCP in spring 2012.

 

 

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