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Require License Practice Genetic Counseling

Concerning the regulation of genetic counselors.
2018 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development

The bill enacts the 'Genetic Counselor Licensure Act'. On and after June 1, 2019, a person cannot practice genetic counseling without being licensed by the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies. To be licensed, a person must have graduated with an appropriate genetic counseling degree and have been certified by a national body, except that the director:

  • May issue a provisional license to a candidate for certification pursuant to requirements established by rule; and
  • Shall license a genetic counselor who graduated from a Colorado genetic counseling training program, has at least 15 years of experience, and provides at least 3 letters of recommendation.

The bill gives title protection to genetic counselors and standard licensing, rule-making, and disciplinary powers to the director. Genetic counselors must have insurance unless the director, by rule, finds that insurance is not reasonably available. The bill repeals the act on September 1, 2022. Genetic counselors are subject to the mandatory disclosures of the 'Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act of 2010'.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


Under Consideration

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Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. J. Buckner, Rep. J. Ginal
Sen. N. Todd