Exporting Samples at Bristol Genetics Laboratory

With samples for which specialist testing is not available at the Bristol Genetics Laboratory (BGL), samples will be forwarded through appropriate arrangements to other laboratories for analysis.
This will include:

  • Members of the SCOBEC (Salisbury, Cardiff, Oxford, Bristol, Exeter and Cambridge) Consortium
  • Other members of the United Kingdom Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN) 
  • European laboratories with appropriate accreditation

A clinical letter and/or proforma of referral or appropriate details given on the referral form will be required before forwarding samples.
As far as practicable samples are only sent to CPA UK Ltd or other appropriately accredited laboratories and details of that laboratory will be included in the report. Reports are sent to the referring Clinician directly by the testing laboratory.
We are not funded for exported tests and the Trust of the referring clinician or another party will be required to meet the cost of such testing.
Due to the complex and costly nature of genetic testing for some disorders, it may be appropriate for clinicians from other specialities to seek advice from their local Clinical Genetics Service prior to forwarding samples. Alternatively the laboratory can be contacted regarding allocation of tests.


UKGTN (Lists all of the Molecular Genetics tests currently available in the UK NHS laboratories)

Metabolic Biochemistry Network