Genetic Diagnostics Act (Gendiagnostikgesetz, GenDG)

The German Genetic Diagnostics Act, which came into force in 2010, specifies the requirements and conditions that apply to genetic diagnostics and the genetic tests carried out in this context, as well as the use of genetic samples and data.

The objective of the Genetic Diagnostics Act is to mitigate the potential risks associated with the investigation of human genetic traits and prevent genetic discrimination, while safeguarding the opportunities afforded by genetic studies for individuals. The basic principles of the Act include the individual’s right to informational self-determination. This includes both the right to know and the right not to know one's own genetic findings.

The legal provisions for genetic testing in humans can be accessed here.

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