GenomeWeb Quotes John Conley on Lab Liability PanelPDF
Robinson Bradshaw attorney John M. Conley participated in a panel at a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine meeting. The panel discussed the many questions related to liabilities associated with diagnostic labs when it comes to the responsibilities of testing genes and mutations. In a GenomeWeb article covering the conversation, Conley weighed in on where liability lies between those involved in gene classification, including the labs, doctors and the health care system as a whole.
“The best current tort law analysis would be that liability is shared between the labs and the physicians that order the tests. How that sorts out in a given case will be fact-specific,” Conley said. “The harder question is liability for what? What is the standard? What constitutes a breach of care by the lab or the physician?”
GenomeWeb’s “NAS Committee Input on Genetic Variant Data Sharing Could Make It Standard Practice, Experts Say” is available here.