To keep abreast of developments in molecular and clinical genetics, and their ethical, legal, social and public health implications.

To provide a link between academic research, clinical practice and the development of NHS policy on genetics and genetics services, including funding, development and staffing.

To establish mechanisms for dialogue between geneticists, doctors, public health and primary care professionals on genetics, and genetic services.

To provide an epidemiological and public health perspective on genetic services policy, including criteria for evaluating genetic testing and genetic screening programmes.


Workshops, conferences and training days in public health aspects of genetics.

Research projects to evaluate the potential impact of advances in genetics on health and health service policy.

Consensus groups to formulate guidelines for health service practice in public health genetics.

Exchange of information among NHS staff and others concerned with public health genetics, via the Public Health Genetics Network.