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About the UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN) Molecular Genetic Test Activity Rates in the United Kingdom

The UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN) was established in 2001 as a national advisory organisation for NHS clinical genetic testing services. It is a collaboration of clinicians, scientists, patient representatives and commissioners and has a membership of laboratories. These laboratories undertake both molecular genetics and cytogenetic testing. The UKGTN aims to promote equity of access to genetic testing for clinical purposes within the NHS. NHS Digital work in partnership with the UKGTN to provide reporting on these clinical genetic testing services.

On an annual basis the UKGTN collects activity data from member laboratories to calculate rates of genetic testing for the UK population.  The rates are based on healthcare commissioning boundaries e.g. by clinical commissioning groups and are compared and reviewed to inform levels of provision and future service developments.