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Aug 30 – CMS rejects petition to improve safety of genetic testing

In a decision that places cost concerns above public health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has rejected a petition filed by a coalition of health and consumer groups calling for the agency to strengthen standards for genetic testing laboratories. Citing cost concerns, the agency told petitioners in a recent letter that it would not pursue the safety standards.

READ the entire press release

More Information:

  • Petition requesting a genetic testing specialty and standards for proficiency testing
  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services full response to the Petition for Rulemaking
  • Report – Public Health at Risk: Failures in Oversight of Genetic Testing Laboratories
  • Survey of US genetic testing laboratories
  • Issue brief – Who regulates genetic tests?
  • Article – Senators Obama and Burr introduce genetics bill
  • Article – Senator Kennedy introduces the Laboratory Test Improvement Act