The decoding of the human genome poses a fresh challenge for the legislator. It is of supreme importance to guarantee self-determination in informational matters and to prevent any discrimination on the basis of genetic make-up. The following sections outline some important principles to be respected when dealing with genetic investigations.
Minimum Standards Required for Dealing with Genetic Investigations
Data Protection prohibits secret Paternity Tests
Companies that wish to sell paternity tests in Switzerland must take steps to ensure that they have the written consent of all the parties affected by the test. They must confirm the legal validity of the consents provided using an effective procedure. This is the only way to prevent tissue samples being taken secretly from children and paternity tests being carried out without the knowledge of a spouse or partner.