Coordinating the Use of Genetic Tests and Related Services in British Columbia

Coordinating the present and future use of genetic tests and related services has been identified as an important policy issue in many provincial jurisdictions. However, there are many challenges inherent in addressing the issue, including scarce resources, relatively fixed infrastructure, a constantly evolving landscape with new and emerging genetic and genomic technologies, and increased demands for genetic testing. This project focused specifically on the province of British Columbia’s ongoing planning, funding, delivery and evaluation of genetic tests and related services. An evidence brief examining the challenges faced by the province, describing possible options for addressing them, and highlighting research related to the subject, was prepared to inform discussions at a stakeholder dialogue convened in Vancouver. (Dialogue held June 19, 2012)