This a list of some professional societies in Canada and abroad that contribute to the advancement and advocacy of genetic and genomic medicine as well as key publications outlining standard of care. [Links accessed April 2023]
Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG)
“The voice of medical genetics in Canada.”
Guidelines and position statements:
Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC)
CAGC promotes high standards of practice, encourages professional growth and increases public awareness of the genetic counselling profession in Canada.
Ontario Association of Genetic Counsellors - Association des conseiller-ère-aer-s en génétique de l'Ontario (OAGC-ACGO)
The OAGC-ACGO was formed to promote equitable access to high quality genetic counselling services for Ontarians.
Québec Association of Genetic Counsellors (QAGC)
Helping patients and their families understand and cope with the implications of genetic conditions.
Alberta Association of Genetic Counsellors
The Society of Genetic Counsellors in British Columbia and the Yukon
Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness
The Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness (CCGF) is a group of 18 organizations dedicated to establishing protections against genetic discrimination for all Canadians.
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)
A leading authority on reproductive health care, the SOGC produces national clinical guidelines for both public and medical education on important women’s health issues.
Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS)
The CCS is the national voice for cardiovascular clinicians and scientists, promoting cardiovascular health and care excellence.
Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS)
The CPS is the national association of paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education, research and support of its membership.
College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
CFPC is the professional organization that represents more than 40,000 members across the country. The College establishes the standards for and accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. It reviews and certifies continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements.
Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC®)
CPIC is an international consortium of individual volunteers and a small, dedicated staff who are interested in facilitating use of pharmacogenetic tests for patient care.
European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG)
ESHG is a non-profit organization. Its aims are to promote research in basic and applied human and medical genetics, to ensure high standards in clinical practice and to facilitate contacts between all persons who share these aims, particularly those working in Europe.
American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)
The ACMG is an interdisciplinary professional membership organization that represents the interests of the entire medical genetics team including clinical geneticists, clinical laboratory geneticists, and genetic counselors.
Standards, guidelines and policy statements:
American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)
ASHG is advancing human genetics & genomics. Envisioning a future in which people everywhere realize the benefits of human genetics and genomics research.
National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)
NSGC promotes the professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communication. Local and national continuing education opportunities and the discussion of all issues relevant to human genetics and the genetic counseling profession are an integral part of belonging to the NSGC.