Genetic tests are easily purchased by consumers, often over the internet and usually without the involvement of a medical professional. These tests can be used in diagnosing medical conditions or pre-dispositions.
The statement highlights issues for medical professionals and consumers regarding the use of health-related genetic testing.
The challenges for health professionals and consumers presented by the recent proliferation of DTC genetic tests are a focus of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). This statement concerns DNA genetic tests that are being, or potentially could be, used in the diagnosis of medical conditions or to indicate pre-disposition to particular diseases. The statement highlights important issues for the appropriate delivery and use of health-related genetic testing.