We seek to improve the public's health through continuous improvement in laboratory
practice in human genetic testing. We strive to accomplish this goal by working with
public health professionals, healthcare providers, policy makers and others at the
local, national, and global, levels who develop, provide, use, and pay for genetic
Learn more about DLS Genetics
Good Laboratory Practices for Biochemical Genetic Testing and Newborn Screening for Inherited Metabolic Disorders (PDF) NEW! - CDC Recommendations for ensuring quality biochemical genetic testing and newborn screening, developed based on CLIAC recommendations with input from other federal advisory committees and representatives of newborn screening laboratories.
Molecular Genetic Testing - Guidance for good laboratory practices, fact sheets, and questions and answers.
Promoting good laboratory practices for ensuring the quality of genetic tests -
Enhancing the quality of genetic testing services through the development of recommendations for good laboratory practices and rare disease and biochemical genetic testing.
GeT-RM - Coordinates the development of characterized reference materials for
quality control, test development/validation and proficiency testing.
CETT Program - An NIH program that provides support to research laboratories in translating tests for rare diseases to clinical applications. CDC facilitated the development of this program.
Promoting professional competency and effective collaboration between the laboratory and
health care settings - Provides educational and practice tools for laboratories and clinicians
to aid in effective communication and support of appropriate and evidence-based decision making.
Guidelines, and Standards Development - Genetics team members work with officials of
state, federal, and international agencies, as well as numerous professional organizations to
develop regulatory and voluntary guideline- and standard-setting activities for genetic testing
and clinical laboratory practices.