Ethical and policy issues in genetic testing and screening of children

Pediatrics. 2013 Mar;131(3):620-2. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-3680. Epub 2013 Feb 21.


The genetic testing and genetic screening of children are commonplace. Decisions about whether to offer genetic testing and screening should be driven by the best interest of the child. The growing literature on the psychosocial and clinical effects of such testing and screening can help inform best practices. This policy statement represents recommendations developed collaboratively by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics with respect to many of the scenarios in which genetic testing and screening can occur.

MeSH terms

  • Carrier State*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Genetic Counseling / ethics
  • Genetic Testing / ethics*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pediatrics / ethics*
  • Pediatrics / standards*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*