The policy of public health genomics in Italy

Benedetto Simone, Walter Mazzucco, Maria Rosaria Gualano, Antonella Agodi, Domenico Coviello, Francesca Dagna Bricarelli, Bruno Dallapiccola, Emilio Di Maria, Antonio Federici, Maurizio Genuardi, Liliana Varesco, Walter Ricciardi, Stefania Boccia

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Italy has a monitoring system for genetic testing, consisting in a periodic census of clinical and laboratory activities performed in the country. The experience is limited, however, concerning the translation of genomic testing for complex diseases into clinical practice. For the first time the Italian Ministry of Health has introduced a policy strategic plan on genomics and predictive medicine within the 2010-2012 National Prevention Plan. This achievement was supported by the Italian Network for Public Health Genomics (GENISAP) and will likely contribute to the integration of public health genomics into health care in the country. Our experience might be of interest not only in Italy, but in other high-income countries, struggling to keep a healthy economy and healthy citizens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-219
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Policy
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Genetic Diseases, Inborn
  • Genetic Testing
  • Genomics
  • Health Planning
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Public Health


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