Genetic test applications
On May 4, 2017, Bill S-201: An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination received Royal Assent and became law. The new law prohibits any person from requiring an individual to undergo a genetic test or requiring an individual to disclose the results of a genetic test as a condition of:
- providing a good or service
- entering into a contract or agreement, or
- offering or continuing specific terms or conditions in a contract or agreement with that individual.
Anyone in breach of the law could face a prison term up to 5 years and a fine up to $1,000,000.
What does this new law mean to you?
Do not discuss genetic tests with clients or document the results of any genetic tests, especially when asking clients about their personal medical history or their family history. Although clients are required to disclose medical tests completed in the last 5 years, this no longer applies to genetic test results.
If clients inadvertently tell you about their genetic test results, please tell them about the new law and our inability to take genetic testing results into consideration as we assess insurance applications.