2009 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 61 - Professional and Occupational Licenses.
Article 6A - Genetic Counseling Act
Section 61-6A-3 - Definitions.
As used in the Genetic Counseling Act:
A. "ABGC" means the American board of genetic counseling, a national agency for certification and recertification of genetic counselors, or its successor agency;
B. "ABMG" means the American board of medical genetics, a national agency for certification and recertification of genetic counselors and geneticists with medical or other doctoral degrees, or its successor agency;
C. "board" means the New Mexico medical board;
D. "genetic counseling" means a communication process that may include:
(1) estimating the likelihood of occurrence or recurrence of any potentially inherited or genetically influenced condition or congenital abnormality. "Genetic counseling" may involve:
(a) obtaining and analyzing the complete health history of an individual and family members;
(b) reviewing pertinent medical records;
(c) evaluating the risks from exposure to possible mutagens or teratogens; and
(d) determining appropriate genetic testing or other evaluations to diagnose a condition or determine the carrier status of one or more family members;
(2) helping an individual, family or health care provider to:
(a) appreciate the medical, psychological and social implications of a disorder, including its features, variability, usual course and management options;
(b) learn how genetic factors contribute to a disorder and affect the chance for occurrence of the disorder in other family members;
(c) understand available options for coping with, preventing or reducing the chance of occurrence or recurrence of a disorder;
(d) select the most appropriate, accurate and cost-effective methods of diagnosis; and
(e) understand genetic or prenatal tests, coordinate testing for inherited disorders and interpret complex genetic test results; and
(3) facilitating an individual's or family's:
(a) exploration of the perception of risk and burden associated with a genetic disorder; and
(b) adjustment and adaptation to a disorder or the individual's or family's genetic risk by addressing needs for psychological, social and medical support; and
E. "genetic counselor" means a person licensed pursuant to the Genetic Counseling Act to engage in the practice of genetic counseling.
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