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Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 31–39 | Cite as

An explication of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) code of ethics

  • Judith L. Benkendorf
  • Nancy P. Callanan
  • Rose Grobstein
  • Susan Schmerler
  • Kevin T. FitzGerald
Article

Abstract

This article reviews the work carried out by the NSGC ad hoc Committee on Ethical Codes and Principles between 1986 and 1991 and serves as a guide for interpreting the NSGC Code of Ethics. The NSGC Code of Ethics is written from the “ethic of care” perspective. It is based on the responsibilities that arise from the four primary relationships genetic counselors experience in their work: genetic counselors and themselves, their clients, their colleagues, and society. The values selected for each relationship and the resultant guidelines are explained. The Code of Ethics became effective January 1, 1992.

Key words

code of ethics genetic counseling 

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© National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith L. Benkendorf
    • 1
  • Nancy P. Callanan
    • 2
  • Rose Grobstein
    • 3
  • Susan Schmerler
    • 4
  • Kevin T. FitzGerald
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyGeorgetown University Medical CenterWashington, D.C.
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill
  3. 3.Division of Genetic Counseling, School of Public HealthUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeley
  4. 4.Section of Genetics, Department of PediatricsSt. Joseph's Hospital and Medical CenterPaterson
  5. 5.Department of Philosophy, Kennedy Institute of EthicsGeorgetown UniversityWashington, D.C.

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