Is there an accurate DNA test

What happens during a genetic test?

Genetic examinations are regulated in Germany in the Genetic Diagnostics Act. This specifies when which examinations are allowed and which information is mandatory beforehand. The Genetic Diagnostics Act also stipulates that no genetic testing may take place without the express written consent of the person concerned.

When providing information, the doctor must provide information about the procedure, the risks and the possible consequences of the test. There is a reasonable period of reflection between the interview and the examination. It is important: there is also a right not to know.

In addition to providing information, the Genetic Diagnostics Act provides for special genetic advice on the possible medical, psychological and social effects of a genetic test - for example, if the test has identified a risk of an incurable disease. When such counseling interviews have to be offered depends on the type of genetic examination. With some genetic tests (for example, before birth), advice is provided before the test, with others only when the test result is available.

The advice should be understandable, the decision on how to proceed open and also name points of contact who can provide support in the event of physical or emotional stress. Many practices that also carry out genetic tests offer genetic counseling. According to the Genetic Diagnostics Act, only doctors specializing in human genetics or with a corresponding additional qualification are allowed to conduct the consultation.