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What is the history and structure of the BSGM?

Founded in 1996, the British Society for Human Genetics now known as the British Society for Genetic Medicine, provides a forum for professionals involved in Genetics as a clinical service and research. Its membership is in excess of 2000 and includes a wide spectrum of clinical, laboratory and research disciplines.  

The BSGM's consituent groups are:

              Clinical Genetics Society

              Association of Clinical Genetic Science (formely the ACC and CMGS)

              Association of Genetic Nurses & Counsellors

These associations have, and will retain responsibility for, separate interests in relation to career structure, professional qualifications, specialist training, quality control, codes of professional practice and other detailed matters. They have however an overriding common interest in developing human genetics in relation to health care in the United Kingdom, and in representing their professions in public. These organisations continue to exist within the BSGM umbrella, and new members of the BSGM are offered the opportunity of joining one of the constituent societies.


The BSGM also has currently two Specialist Interest Groups; the Cancer Genetics Group and the Dermatogenetics Group.


BSGM is a registered UK charity (No: 1058821). Its roles are defined by its council and constitution


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    This briefing document was commissioned by the BSGM to highlight areas of the 2011 consent and confidentiality in genetic practice guidance that may need revision. It also outlines where practice has changed significantly since the last version and recognises that genomic medicine now extends well beyond the specialty of clinical genetics

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