ESHG or ESHG endorsed Documents
This leaflet gives patients information about genetic tests that target many different genes at once. The information may help you to decide whether or not to have the test and help you to understand the results.
The recommendations of the European Society of Human Genetics on Whole Genome Sequencing in the European Journal of Human Genetics (2013) 21, 580–584; doi:10.1038/ejhg.2013.46
Background document and Recommendations concerning genetic testing and common disorders
The Background Document on ”˜Genetic testing and common disorders in a public health framework: how to assess relevance and possibilities' has been published in the European Journal of Human Genetics 2011;19:S6-S44. Click here
The Recommendations of the ESHG on ”˜Genetic testing and common disorders in a public health framework' have been published in the European Journal of Human Genetics 2011;19:377-81. Click here
European Society of Human Genetics. Genetic testing in asymptomatic minors: Recommendations of the European Society of Human Genetics. (Cornel M as collaborator) Eur J Hum Genet. 2009 Jun;17(6):720-1. Click here
Genetic testing in asymptomatic minors
The European Society of Human Genetics published Background considerations towards ESHG Recommendations on genetic testing in asymptomatic minors in the European Journal of Human Genetics 2009; 17: 711 - 719. Click here
In addition the Recommendations on genetic testing in asymptomatic minors were published in the European Journal of Human Genetics 2009; 17:720-1. Click here
Official response of the European Society of Human Genetics to the Public consultation on the revision of Directive 98/79/ec of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 1998 on in vitro diagnostic medical devices
This response is based on the official response that has been elaborated within EuroGentest and that has as well been submitted as an official response to the public consultation. This document was discussed within the PPPC of the ESHG and a few alterations were made, based on reactions of the members of the PPPC. The document was also approved by the members of the Board of the European Society of Human Genetics.
See also the official responses of
- EuroGentest Network of Excellence in Genetic Testing
- Multidisciplinary Joint Committee Clincial Genetics of the European Union of Medical Specialists (MJC-CG-UEMS)
- British Society of Human Genetics
- Dutch Society of Clinical Genetic Diagnostic Laboratories
The Statement of the ESHG on direct-to-consumer genetic testing for health-related purposes has been published in the European Journal of Human Genetics, (2010), 1-3.
A pdf can be downloaded here.
Letter to the Presidents of National Human Genetics Societies on EU-wide recognition of our specialty: update and next steps
by Milan Macek Jr., president-elect of the ESHG
- Letter to the Presidents of National Human Genetics Societies
- PowerPoint Presentation "Background on the Medical Specialty of Clinical/Medical Genetics
- Related Article in the ESHG Newsletter May 2009
Guidelines on training for genetic specialists
In 2002 ESHG set down an ad hoc committee on the recognition of clinical genetics as an European speciality. During this process a collaboration with the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS.net) led to the development of a document outlining the qualifications needed to obtain the speciality, and the establishment of a Multidisciplinary Joint Committee Clinical Genetics in UEMS with representatives of the ESHG ad hoc committee as members. The guidelines, which previously, after discussions with the chairs of the national societies at several meetings during ESHG meetings, had been endorsed by ESHG and, finally, this year by the Boards and Sections and the Council of UEMS.
The endorsed guidelines can be found here.
Please contact Dr Ulf Kristoffersson
Recommendations for Patenting and licensing in genetic testing: ethical, legal and social issues
- The European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) wants to involve the genetics community in the analysis of, and the discussions on, the practical, political, societal, ethical and economical aspects of patenting and licensing of genes, sequences and genetic tests. More
Recommendations for genetic counselling related to genetic testing - new
- Eurogentest has prepared Recommendations for genetic counselling related to genetic testing. The recommendations were written by Eurogentest Unit 3 partners and experts, circulated for comments and endorsement among ESHG membership and European National Human Genetic Societies and finally sent to ESHG Board for endorsement.
The recommendations can also be found on the Eurogentest website.
Core competences in genetics for health professionals in Europe - update
- Final version available. Final feedback and comments should be sent to the chair of the ESHG Education Committee.
Recommendations on the following topics are available in the European Journal of Human Genetics
- Patenting and licensing in genetic testing: ethical, legal and social issues - More
- Provision of genetic services in Europe: current practices and issues - More
- Population genetic screening programmes: technical, social and ethical issues - More
- Data storage and DNA banking for biomedical research: technical, social and ethical issues - More
- Genetic information and testing in insurance and employment: technical, social and ethical issues - More
- The need for interaction between assisted reproduction technology and genetics (Recommendations) - More
- The interface between assisted reproductive technologies and genetics: technical, social, ethical and legal issues (Background Document) - More
Draft Background Documents
- Polymorphic sequence variants in medicine: Technical, social, legal and ethical issues Pharmacogenetics as an example (Draft Background Document) - More
ESHG response to the European Parliament Report on the ethical, legal, economic and social implications of human genetics.