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Concept of ethical preparedness: benefits for clinical laboratory scientists
  1. Marta Szabat
  1. Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Philosophy and Bioethics, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Marta Szabat, Health Sciences, Philosophy and Bioethics, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland; mszab{at}

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The concept of ethical preparedness (EP), defined as a set of practices in genomic medicine aimed not only at efficiently managing sensitive issues in the laboratory but also at ensuring adherence to ethical principles,1 has potential benefits for clinical laboratory scientists, contingent on three key conditions.

First, fostering cooperation and mutual support between commercial and non-commercial laboratories in cases involving moral dilemmas or the uncertain nature of variants identified in the laboratory is crucial for establishing the best practices in genomic medicine. Medical codes emphasise regulations aimed at maintaining the authority of colleagues and avoiding patient and family misunderstandings, as well as promoting a culture of mutual trust and support within the medical profession.2 Such practices among laboratories would benefit both patients/clients and scientists. The important thing is to recognise that while laboratory results may possess prospective value for future generations, genomic medicine addresses the clinical needs …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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