Call for restrictions on workplace genetic testing in Germany

7 September 2005

Debate over the genetic testing of employees continues in Germany with the release of recommendations by the German National Ethics Council, a government advisory committee, proposing that a new law be created to protect employees from genetic discrimination (see BMJ news report). Obligatory genetic testing for hereditary diseases as a condition of employment has been a controversial subject in Germany since the 2003 case of a teacher with a family history of Huntington

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