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Direct-to-consumer Genetic Testing: Changes in the EU Regulatory Landscape
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2015 (English)In: European Journal of Health Law, Vol. 22, 463-480 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Rapid advances in genomics and technology have rendered genetic testing services easily accessible to consumers over the Internet in the form of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. In the EU, the IVD Directive has been animadverted for its inability to tackle the challenges direct-to-consumer genetic testing has posed. Currently, the EU legislation is in a transition state. It is thus, timely to assess, to what extent the proposed IVD Regulation is intended to address the performance requirements and utility of direct-to-consumer genetic tests, which are made available to consumers within the EU over the Internet, and discuss the developments vis-à-vis the IVD Directive. To compare with the IVD Directive, the IVD Regulation presents a major shift in how direct-to-consumer genetic testing is treated in the EU. It remains unclear, whether and how the EU requirements can be applied beyond the EU market.

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2015. Vol. 22, 463-480 p.
Keyword [en]
direct-to-consumer genetic testing
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Medical Law
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-292674DOI: 10.1163/15718093-12341363OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-292674DiVA: diva2:926382
Available from: 2016-05-06 Created: 2016-05-06 Last updated: 2016-05-06

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