ACMG policy statement: updated recommendations regarding analysis and reporting of secondary findings in clinical genome-scale sequencing

Genet Med. 2015 Jan;17(1):68-9. doi: 10.1038/gim.2014.151. Epub 2014 Nov 13.


These recommendations are designed primarily as an educational resource for medical geneticists and other health-care providers to help them provide quality medical genetics services. Adherence to these recommendations does not necessarily ensure a successful medical outcome. These recommendations should not be considered inclusive of all proper procedures and tests or exclusive of other procedures and tests that are reasonably directed to obtaining the same results. In determining the propriety of any specific procedure or test, geneticists and other clinicians should apply their own professional judgment to the specific clinical circumstances presented by the individual patient or specimen. It may be prudent, however, to document in the patient's record the rationale for any significant deviation from these recommendations.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Genomics* / methods
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing*
  • Humans
  • Incidental Findings*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Societies