MGL Policy Statement - Genetic Testing in Minors

It is the general consensus in the Genetics community that presymptomatic and carrier testing (testing for asymptomatic individuals) should not be performed in minors who cannot provide informed consent. Exceptions may be made for families who receive genetic counselling from a recognized clinical genetics service.

For more detailed statements, please see the links below:

For issues pertaining specifically to genetic testing in the context of adoption, please see the following link:


BC Children’s Hospital & BC Women’s Hospital

4500 Oak Street, Vancouver B.C. V6H 3N1

Molecular Genetics 

Tel: 604-875-2852
Fax: 604-875-2707

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Tel: 604-875-2304 
Fax: 604-875-3601