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Abstract

This survey is part of the prospective study on the technical needs and options for the quality assurance and harmonisation of genetic testing services in Europe that IPTS, in collaboration with IRMM, is carrying upon request from DG_RTD. The enclosed report is the result of a pilot survey on the situation of genetic services in one Member State (Spain).

Overall, the results from this pilot survey anticipate some of the problems that genetic testing services are facing in the EU (not clear organisation or formalised quality assurance scheme in place, lack of official reference centres for rare diseases, need for standardised protocols). On the other hand, the response to the survey from all centres was very positive and most of them acknowledged the need and willingness to join a European level quality assurance harmonisation effort.

The survey was revealing as to the constantly increasing use of genetic testing (with additional number of tests performed and introduction of new different techniques), the current needs, and timely emergence of the on-going JRC activity in the field.

Additional information

Authors: RUEDA J R, Andalusian Agency for Health Technology Assessment (AETSA), Seville (ES);BRIONES E, Andalusian Agency for Health Technology Assessment (AETSA), Seville (ES);IBARETTA D, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES);BOCK A-K, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES);RODRIGUEZ-CEREZO E (EDITORS), European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20516 EN (2002), 88pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu
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