2009 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 61 - Professional and Occupational Licenses.
Article 6A - Genetic Counseling Act
Section 61-6A-3 - Definitions.

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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