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Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 333.17520 - Genetic test; informed consent

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Genetic test; informed consent


Physicians must obtain a patient’s written, informed consent before performing a presymptomatic or predictive genetic test. The informed consent does not have to include disclosure of information beyond what a reasonably well-qualified physician would know. The writing must indicate that the patient understands the purpose of the test, the test’s limitations, implications of the test, any future uses of the test sample or the resulting information, and the meaning of the test results. The writing must additionally identify the parties that will conduct the test, indicate that these parties will have access to the results of the test, and establish the patient’s right to keep the testing information confidential.


The physician must give the patient a copy of the informed consent form and place the original form in the patient’s medical record. Upon signing an informed consent form, the patient is barred from bringing a civil claim against the physician. 

Current as of June 2015