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McGovern MM, Benach MO, Wallenstein S, Desnick RJ and Keenlyside R (1999). Quality testing in molecular genetic testing laboratories. Journal of the American Medical Association 281:835–840.

National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council publications:
Standards for Pathology Laboratories (2002)
Requirements for the Supervision of Pathology Laboratories (1999)
Guidelines for Quality Systems in Medical Laboratories (2004)
Guidelines for Data Communication (1998)
Information on the Transport of Pathology Specimens (1998)
Guidelines for Cytogenetic Laboratories (2001)
Guidelines for the Retention of Laboratory Records and Diagnostic Materials (2002)
Requirements for the Validation of In-House In-Vitro Diagnostic Devices (IVDs) (2003).

NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) (2000). Ethical Aspects of Human Genetic Testing: An Information Paper. Australian Health Ethics Committee, NHMRC.
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NHMRC–ACN (National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Cancer Network) (1999). Guidelines on the Familial Aspect of Cancer.
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Shapiro DS (1999). Quality control in nucleic acid amplification methods: use of elementary probability theory. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 37:848–851.

Turenne CY, Tschetter L, Wolfe J and Kabani A (2001). Necessity of quality- controlled 16S rRNA gene sequence databases: identifying nontuberculous mycobacterium species. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 39:3637–3648.

Wertz DC and Knoppers BM (2002). Serious genetic disorders: can or should they be defined. American Journal of Medical Genetics 108:29–35.

Additional reading

American College of Medical Genetics (2004). Standards and Guidelines for Clinical Genetics Laboratories 2004 Edition, ACMG.

Clinical Molecular Genetics Society (2002). Best Practice Guidelines for DNA sequencing analysis and interpretation, CMGS.
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National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (1998). Molecular Diagnostic Methods for Infectious Diseases: Approved guidelines, Document MM3-A.

National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (2000). Molecular Diagnostic Methods for Genetic Diseases: Approved guidelines, Document MM1-A.