Bela Melegh - Hungary
Ulf Kristoffersson - Sweden
Beata Lipska - Poland
Feliciano Ramos - Spain
Alessandra Reineri - Italy
Peter Turnpenny - United Kingdom
Statement from the EBMG on education and training of Clinical Laboratory Geneticists
The EBMG has developed a set of standards and a curriculum for clinical laboratory geneticists undertaking analysis of genetic material. These standards reflect consensus amongst experts in this field from a wide range of European countries and apply to professionals trained in either clinical science or medicine who are working in clinical genetic laboratory settings.
To ensure patient safety, the EBMG recommends very strongly that clinical laboratory geneticists engaged in genetic testing for clinical purposes should undergo training and education (normally with a duration of 5 years) that includes all those topics in the European curriculum. In addition, they should be able to demonstrate competence in the areas defined by the EBMG standards.
The EBMG makes clear that these standards and curriculum do not fulfil the requirements for those medical professionals trained in clinical genetics and genomics, the needs of which must cover the full breadth of clinical diagnosis, familiarity with laboratory techniques, interpretation of data, and genetic counselling.
The Union of European Medical Specialist (UEMS, www.uems.eu) have this year inaugurated a section for clinical genetics .
The UEMS has three key acticities: Postgraduate training, Continuing medical education & professional development and Quality Assurance in Specialist Practice, all these topics in line with the goals for EBMG.
We are waiting for the election of the board for the new section to be able to discuss how we together should work to promote high quality of clinical genetic service.