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Pharmacogenetic Testing: Legal Considerations for Consent, Privacy and Disclosure


Malanda, SR and Nicol, D, Pharmacogenetic Testing: Legal Considerations for Consent, Privacy and Disclosure, Personalized Medicine, 5, (2) pp. 155-161. ISSN 1741-0541 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2217/17410541.5.2.155


This review provides an overview of the European legal framework relating to the protection of sensitive data obtained from pharmacogenetic tests. The primary objective of pharmacogenetic testing is neither diagnosis nor prediction of disease, but determining likely responses to medicines based on specific genetic factors. Nevertheless, pharmacogenetic testing can lead to the disclosure of sensitive information and, as a consequence, it is argued that consent is a prerequisite. It is further argued that appropriate protection for privacy and confidentiality is crucial, but that disclosure may be justified in certain exceptional circumstances. This article describes the various European legislative instruments that provide useful guidance on the types of circumstances when disclosure may be justified. © 2008 Future Medicine Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Public law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International relations not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Malanda, SR (Dr Sergio Malanda)
UTAS Author:Nicol, D (Professor Dianne Nicol)
ID Code:52950
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2008-10-16
Last Modified:2009-11-18

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