Good Laboratory Practices for Molecular Genetics Testing

Good Laboratory Practices for Molecular Genetics Testing

This online learning module is presented in first person. This means the learner is depicted as receiving an assignment and completing the work throughout the course.

This training is not intended to be prescriptive. There are several different ways to obtain information and perform the tasks described in the training. Examples are provided as potential options.

Although some of the recommendations in this training exceed CLIA and other requirements that pertain to molecular genetic testing, following these good laboratory practices will likely lead to improvements in the quality and use of genetic laboratory services and improved health outcomes for the public.


Laboratory professionals who perform molecular genetics testing or may consider adding molecular genetics to the laboratories testing menu.


At the conclusion of this eLearning, you will be able to:

  • Describe the application of the CLIA requirements to molecular genetic testing
  • Select quality assurance measures for molecular genetic testing that are consistent with good laboratory practices
  • Develop procedures and processes for a molecular genetic test that are consistent with regulatory requirements and good laboratory practices
Continuing Education Units (CEU)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Laboratory Systems is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. This course is approved for 1.5 contact hours P.A.C.E. ® credit.

P.A.C.E. ® Course Number: 288-018-18

Page last reviewed: April 26, 2020