Best Practice Guidelines for Clinical Genetic Services (WC2009-105)

Best Practice Guidelines for Clinical Genetic Services


Starting date: 01/01/2011


EuroGentest was a FP6 European network for the harmonization of genetic testing and for the further improvement of quality in genetic services across Europe. At a time of increase of genetic testing in Europe, whereby test samples, patients and professionals increasingly cross borders, uniform quality criteria for genetic services have become imperative.

EuroGentest2 (FP7), which is a continuation of the previous EuroGentest, is concerned with setting the targets for laboratory and health professional accreditation, by contributing to guidelines and standards, and actively interacting with the professional organizations and the policy makers. It builds on expertise of EuroGentest NoE and SAFE NoE. Furthermore it has close links with professional organizations in genetics, prenatal diagnosis and reproductive medicine. (for more information see

Unit 2 from EuroGentest2 entitled “Genetic Testing as Part of Health Care” is subdivided in four Workpackages:

  • Work package 5: Clinical Utility Gene Cards
  • Work package 6: Priority setting in genetic testing
  • Work package 7: Quality in genetic counseling
  • Work package 8: Best Practice guidelines for provision of Clinical Genetic Service

Workpackage 8 is executed by Martina Cornel, Lidewij Henneman and Tessel Rigter from the VUmc University Medical Faculty, in close collaboration with Ulf Kristoffersson from Lund University, Sweden. It is aimed at describing optimal interaction (or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)) between:

  • (genetic) patients and their families, the users of the services;
  • medical professionals such as primary care workers and other non-genetic specialists;
  • genetic professionals from clinical and laboratory background.