J Korean Med Assoc.  2006 Jul;49(7):597-602. 10.5124/jkma.2006.49.7.597.

Current Status and Issues of Genetic Testing in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Korea. clinchem@kcch.re.kr
  • 2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Ulsan University College of Medicine, Korea. wkmin@amc.seoul.kr

Abstract

Since the effectuation of a new bioethical law, the number of registered genetic testing laboratories in Korea has reached about one hundred and seventy, as of June 2006. For the purpose of supervision and quality control of these laboratories the Korean Institute of Genetic Testing and Evaluation (KIGTE) was founded in October 2005 with the support of the Korean Government. KIGTE will perform its task by establishing a proficiency testing program and on-site inspection program in the near future. At this moment, however, the ambiguous definition of genetic testing, hasty entry of research tests into clinical practice, unpreparedness of some non-medical commercial laboratories for systematic quality assurance programs, and the risk of violating privacy related to genetic testing are major issues to be solved.

Keyword

Genetic testing; The Korean Institute of Genetic Testing; Non-medical commercial laboratories

MeSH Terms

Genetic Testing*
Jurisprudence
Korea*
Organization and Administration
Privacy
Quality Control
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