Genetics, Health, and Society

Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society Archives

The charter  for the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS) expired on February 28, 2011. All SACGHS documents, meeting materials, and webcasts have been archived and will continue to be available on this website.

In its nearly 10 years of operation, SACGHS addressed all the major topics delineated in its charter: the integration of genetic and genomic technologies into health care and public health; the clinical, public health, ethical, economic, legal, and societal implications of these technologies; gaps in research and data collection; the impact of patent policy and licensing practices on their accessibility and availability; and how genetic and genomic technologies are used in other settings such as education, employment, insurance, and law. The Committee issued comprehensive reports and provided advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, which will provide the government with a solid foundation for addressing new developments in the ongoing integration of genetics into clinical practice and public health.