JRC publishes a report entitled 'Genetic testing offer in Europe'

with the main outcomes of an experts' meeting held in November 2012

On 21 May 2013, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) published a scientific and policy report entitled "Genetic Testing Offer in Europe", which summarises the main outcomes of an experts' meeting which took place at the JRC-Ispra site on 19-20 November, 2012.

The workshop was organised by the JRC in collaboration with the European Union Committee of Experts on Rare Diseases' (EUCERD's) and EuroGentest to discuss the quality of genetic testing and the future organisation of genetic testing in Europe. The report also highlights specific points which potentially deserve future attention by the European Commission. It gathered experts and stakeholders in the field of genetic testing, including representatives from the European Commission (JRC, Directorates-General for Research & Innovation and Health and Consumers).

The report presents developments and expert recommendations on a selection of topics, including organisation of genetic testing for rare diseases in Europe, quality assurance, next generation sequencing and direct-to-consumer genetic testing. The selection was based on the importance and urgency of the matter and the need and opportunity for action at the European level, and the likelihood for successful intervention.

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