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The Human Genetics Commission has been closed down following the Government's review of Arm's Length Bodies. This website is no longer being updated and will close on 22 July 2012. The National Archives and the British Library are archiving the website and the information contained on it can be accessed via their websites.

We are the UK Government's advisory body on new developments in human genetics and how they impact on individual lives.  We give the Government advice on human genetics with a particular focus on the social, ethical and legal issues.  One of our key roles is to promote debate and to listen to what the public and our stakeholders have to say.  We are committed to openness and transparency.

The Commission is made up of twenty-one members including experts in genetics, ethics, law and consumer affairs.  The Chair is Professor Jonathan Montgomery.  We also have a Consultative Panel of people who have direct experience of living with genetic conditions and who act as a sounding board for our reports and recommendations.

Freedom of Information



The Human Genetics Commission Final Report
The HGC has published its final report. The report summarises the work and achievements of the HGC.
HGC and ESRC Genomics Forum report on Incidental Findings in Clinical Genetic Testing
At its final plenary meeting, the HGC discussed a draft report on Incidental Findings in Clinical Genetic Testing.

Key dates

45th meeting of the Human Genetics Commission.
The HGC will meet in plenary on 6 March 2012.