Code of Ethics of the National Society of Genetic Counselors: Explication of Revisions

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Nancy Callanan, Clinical Professor; Program Director (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The Code of Ethics (COE) of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) was adopted in 1992. In 2004, the NSGC leadership appointed the Code of Ethics Work Group (COEWG) to consider revisions to the NSGC COE based on advice from the NSGC legal counsel, and to consider additional changes given growth in the scope of genetic counseling practice since the adoption of the original COE. After input from the NSGC membership, changes to the COE addressing the recommendations of the NSGC legal counsel were approved in December 2004. The COEWG then reviewed ethical codes and codes of professional conduct from 22 professional organizations, deemed to have similar goals and philosophies to the NSGC, searching for themes that encompassed genetic counseling practice that might not yet be addressed in the NSGC COE. Additional revisions to the COE were proposed, and after feedback from the NSGC membership, the revised COE was approved in January 2006 by majority vote of full members of the NSGC. The explications for the 2004 and 2006 revisions are presented.

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Language: English
Date: 2006
clinical psychology, public health, ethics, human genetics, professional boundaries, genetic counseling

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