The British government has unveiled new regulations that will require all DNA tests performed in the UK to be carried out by a licensed company and will require DNA testing for new genetic testing services.
The regulations are part of a drive to reduce unnecessary testing costs and improve health.
They will also apply to all genetic testing companies in the country.
The rules apply to tests carried out in a hospital, a GP, or a pathology laboratory.
The tests can be carried for up to five years, and the companies will be required to conduct DNA tests in a laboratory where the tests are carried out.
This new policy was announced by Health Minister Jeremy Hunt.
“The new legislation requires that all new DNA testing is carried out at a licensed testing centre.
This will help reduce unnecessary DNA testing costs, improve patient safety, and ensure we get the most reliable and accurate genetic test results possible,” Hunt said.
The tests are part-funded by the Department of Health, and will be carried in laboratories that are accredited by the British Association for Genetic Diagnostics and Therapeutics (BAGDT).
The new regulations apply to companies that are currently operating in the United Kingdom and will apply to them in future.
In 2016, the government introduced a new regulatory regime for genetic testing.
This allowed for testing in private labs, without having to be a licensed lab.
However, this policy has been criticised by genetic scientists, geneticists, and geneticists themselves.
A spokesperson for the BAGDT said the government’s new policy would not prevent the testing industry from continuing to provide tests, and that any testing company would be able to meet all regulatory requirements.
There are currently more than 3,500 licensed genetic testing laboratories across the UK.
Dr Paul Garlick, an associate professor of genetics at the University of Exeter and a co-author of a recent report into the use of DNA testing to identify the genetic disorders in the British population, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the new regulation would have a significant impact on the UK’s genetic testing industry.
He said: “We’re seeing a lot of people who have genetic testing testing for conditions that they would not have otherwise, but who also do not need to have a test to test for them.
And this is the very first time that these tests have been covered by a regulatory regime in the European Union.
I think this is going to have real implications for testing companies.
You’re going to see a huge increase in the number of genetic testing labs being established in the next five to 10 years.”
The government has not announced how much genetic testing the government will be providing in the future.
In March this year, the health minister announced that the government would be expanding genetic testing to cover more than 2 million people by the end of 2019.
But some genetic testing experts have warned that the introduction of this new regulatory scheme would have serious implications for the industry.
They have called on the government to reconsider.
Garlick told the Today programme: We need to know whether we are going to be able, with these new regulatory requirements, to have sufficient testing facilities to ensure that we are not going to introduce a major crisis, because I think the regulatory regime is too restrictive.
‘There’s a huge risk’There are a number of concerns with the introduction and the rollout of this regulatory regime, according to genetic scientist and geneticist at the National Centre for Medical Genetics and Genomics Dr Paul Gathland.
Speaking to Today, he said that while he believed genetic testing would continue to flourish in the foreseeable future, he also believed that this new regulation could be detrimental to the industry in the long-term.
“[The new regulation] has a very significant impact,” he said.
“It’s very difficult to understand why this is necessary, because genetic testing is already a very profitable business, and they’re already getting a good return on their investment.
It seems that we have an idea of what the regulatory framework will look like in the longer term, but that is a very long time.
If this regulatory framework is introduced at a very high level and we don’t have a new genetic test standard, the industry is going straight into a black hole.
What are the regulatory frameworks in place for genetic tests in other countries?
There is no set standard for genetic test testing in other developed countries, so there are many variations on the regulations in the countries where genetic testing occurs.
For example, in the US, genetic testing firms can conduct testing in licensed labs or by private laboratories, but private labs cannot carry out tests in the same way as licensed labs.
Another regulatory issue is that private labs can carry out DNA tests for other purposes as well.
DNA tests are usually carried out using polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which uses a special enzyme to make a DNA sample.
PCR has been used