A Report on Ten Asia Pacific Countries on Current Status and Future Directions of the Genetic Counseling Profession: The Establishment of the Professional Society of Genetic Counselors in Asia

J Genet Couns. 2018 Feb;27(1):21-32. doi: 10.1007/s10897-017-0115-6. Epub 2017 Jul 11.


The Professional Society of Genetic Counselors in Asia (PSGCA) was recently established as a special interest group of the Asia Pacific Society of Human Genetics. Fostering partnerships across the globe, the PSGCA's vision is to be the lead organization that advances and mainstreams the genetic counseling profession in Asia and ensures individuals have access to genetic counseling services. Its mission is to promote quality genetic counseling services in the region by enhancing practice and curricular standards, research and continuing education. The PSGCA was formally launched during the Genetic Counseling Pre-Conference Workshop held at the 11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Human Genetics in Hanoi, Viet Nam, September 16, 2015. The pre-conference workshop provided an opportunity for medical geneticists and genetic counselors from across 10 Asia Pacific countries to learn about the varied genetic counseling practices and strategies for genetic counseling training. This paper provides an overview of the current status and challenges in these countries, and proposed course of unified actions for the future of the genetic counseling profession.

Keywords: Asia; Genetic counseling; Genetic counselors; Professional society; Workshop.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Asia
  • Counselors / trends*
  • Education, Medical / trends*
  • Education, Professional / trends
  • Forecasting
  • Genetic Counseling / trends*
  • Humans
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / trends*
  • Societies, Medical