Standard

S1.1.1
The laboratory director shall ensure that laboratory practice is consistent with consensus documents on the ethical issues involved in nucleic acid detection produced by relevant organisations, such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC); professional organisations with standing in the field, such as the Human Genetics Society of Australasia, the Australian Medical Association, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia; and the relevant state or territory health department.
S1.1.2
Laboratories shall not provide genetic testing for any patient-initiated services outside the context of a clinical service, such as mail-order testing or shopfront testing.

Commentary

C1.1.1
NPAAC is approaching the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Council regarding the establishment of a cross jurisdictional committee to advise on ethical laboratory practice.

Guideline

G1.1.1
To facilitate uniform procedures nationally, laboratory practice should be consistent with the policies of all jurisdictions.