31 July 2006
One of the key functions of PHGEN is to help develop and coordinate activities associated with public health genetics among EU Member States (see previous news). As part of this, the first meetings of PHGEN National Task Forces (NTFs) have taken place in Turkey and Italy; NTFs are also being established in other countries. The National Task Forces are intended to establish public health genomics within the public health and healthcare systems in specific countries.
Brief reports from the meetings in Ankara, Turkey (June 2006) and Rome, Italy (July 2006) are available from the PHGEN website. The Turkish meeting concluded that a background policy document should be prepared by the Task Force, in consultation with stakeholders, along with an inventory of people and institutions working in areas related to public health genomics. The Italian Task Force (NTF) decided that it was vital to establish discourse on Public Health Genomics, starting with working groups and courses in the national scientific societies of public health and genetics; they also resolved to produce an overview of regional guidelines that could inform development of national practice guidelines for public health genetics.