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Transnational Alliance for Genetic Counseling

TAGC is a partnership of genetic counselor educators from more then twenty countries.  TAGC connects the global genetic counseling community and enhances international communication and collaboration.

About the TAGC International Network

In 2006, the first ever international meeting of genetic counselor educators was held in Manchester, England with representatives from eighteen countries, including forty-five genetic counseling programs and fifteen professional organizations. At this inaugural conference, “Genetic Counseling Education: Connecting the Global Community,” participants were eager to tap the potential for future collaboration and created the Transnational Alliance for Genetic Counseling.

TAGC strives to foster communication and collaboration among the international genetic counseling community and enhance genetic counseling education transnationally. Our formal incorporation was adopted at TAGC Barcelona 2008. Since then, TAGC Montreal 2011 and TAGC Barcelona 2016 have built on our connections. The TAGC listserv promotes our continued transnational communication. Where will we meet next? Stay connected and see!

This website serves as the nexus for the TAGC, continuing and building upon our global connections and as a resource site to the greater genetic counseling community. As you explore herein, we welcome your input and international perspectives.


President Kelly Ormond 2021-present Stanford University
Australia Jan Hodgson 2020-2022 University of Melbourne
Austria    Gunda Schwaninger 2022-2024  
Canada Jennifer Fitzpatrick 2021- 2023 McGill University
Cuba  Paulina Araceli Lantigua-Cruz 2022- 2024 National Center for Medical Genetics
France Jean-Michael Mazzella 2020-2022 University of Marseille 
India    Annie Hasan 2022-2024  
Israel Shiri Shkedi  2021-2023 Hebrew University
Hadassah Medical Center
Italy Francesca Mari 2020-2023 University of Siena
Japan Masakazu Nishigaki 2020-2022 International University of Health and Welfare
Malaysia Juliana Lee 2022-2024 National University of Malaysia
Netherlands Sara Joosten 2021-2023 Dutch Association of Genetic Counsellors 
Norway Ashil d Lunde 2020-2022  University of Bergen 
Philippines Peter James Abad 2021-2023 University of Philippines
Portugal Milena Paneque 2021-2023 University of Porto
Saudi Arabia Moeen Al-Sayed 2020-2022 King Faisal Hospital & Research Center
South Africa Tina Wessels 2022-2024 University of Cape Town
South Korea Hyon Kim 2021-2023 Ajou University
Kyunyang University
Spain Clara Serra 2021-2023 Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Taiwan Lian-Hua Huang 2020-2022 National Taiwan University
United Kingdom Rhona Macleod 2021-2023 University of Manchester
United States Janice Edwards 2021-2023 University of South Carolina


Professional Society of Genetic Counselors in Asia (PSGCA)

Australia and New Zealand

Australasian Board of Censors in Genetic Counseling

Australasian Society of Genetic Counselors (ASGC)


Canadian Association of Genetic Counselors (CAGC)


National Center of Medical Genetics (NCMG)


Chinese Board of Genetic Counseling (CBGC)


European Board of Medical Genetics

The European Society of Medical Genetics (ESHG)


Association of French Genetic Counselors (AFCG)


Board of Genetic Counseling in India (BCG)


Irish Society of Human Genetics (ISHG)


The Israeli Association of Genetic Counselors (IAGC)


Japanese Board of Genetic Counselors (JBGC)

Japanese Society of Genetic Counselors (JSGC)

Japanese Society of Human Genetics (JSHG)


The Genetics Society of Korea (GSK)


National University of Malaysia


Portuguese Society of Human Genomics (SPGH)


Romanian Society of Human Genetics (SRGM)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS)

South Africa

Genetic Counselling South Africa (GC-SA)

Health Professions Council of South Africa

Southern African Society for Human Genetics (SASHG)


Spanish Society of Genetic Counseling (SEAGEN)


Swedish Society of Genetic Counselors (SSGC)

Swedish Society of Medical Genetics (SFMG)


Taiwan Association of Genetic Counseling (TAGC)

The Netherlands

Dutch Association of Clinical Genetics (VKGN)

Dutch Association of Genetic Counsellors (NVGC)

Dutch Association of Nursing Specialists (Venvnvs)

Netherlands Association of Physician Assistants (NAPA)

United Kingdom

Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC)

Genetic Counsellor Registration Board (GCRB)

United States

Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC)

American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC)

Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD)

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)

 University of São Paulo
Fudan University 
 Program Director
Aix Marseille University  Nicole Philip
Certificate Course in Genetic Counselling in Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore
Vellore Institute of Technology
Kasturba Medical College
Post Graduate Certificate Course in Medical and Genetic Counselling at Kamineni Hospitals
 Program Director
Hadassah Hebrew University  Shiri Shkedi
Tel Aviv University  Michal Berkenstadt
Technion Israel Institute of Technology  
 Program Director
Chiba University Akira Hata
Fujita Health University Yoshikiyo Kanada
International University of Health and Welfare  
Iwate Medical University  
Juntendo University  
Kanazawa University  
Kawasaki University Mitsuo Masuno
Kindai University Kazuo Fujikawa
Kitasato University Fumio Takada
Kyoto Univsersity Shinji Kosugi
Nagaski University Tadashi Matsumoto 
Niigata University  
Ochanomizu University Hiroshi Kawame 
Osaka University  
Sapporo Medical University  
Shinshu University Yoshimitsu Fukushima 
Tohoku University Hiroshi Kawame
Tokyo Medical and Dental University  
Tokyo Women's Medical University Kayoko Saito
Tottori University  
 Program Director
Ajou University  Hyon J. Kim 
Kyunyang University Hyon J. Kim
Konyang University  
 National University of Malaysia
 Program Director
University of Bergen  Ashil D. Lunde
 Program Director 
University of Porto Jorge Sequiros
 Program Director
Alfaisal University Moeen Al-Sayed
King Abdulaziz University of Jeddah   
 Program Director
University of Pompeu Fabra  Luiz Perez
 Program Director
Linköping University Rebecka Pestoff
 Program Director
Arizona State University Katherine Hunt Brendish
Augustana University Becca Loman
Bay Path University Janice Berliner
Baylor College of Medicine Dan Riconda
Boise State University Jennifer Eichmeyer
Boston University Kathleen Berentsen Swenson
Brandeis University Gretchen Schneider
Case Western Reserve University Anne Matthews
Columbia University Amanda Bergner
Emory University Cecelia Bellcross
Indiana State University Megan Tucker
Indiana University Paula Delk
Johns Hopkins University/NHGRI Lori Erby
Kean University Jill Fischer
Keck Graduate Institute Ashley Mills
Long Island University Monika Zak Goelz
Medical College of Wisconsin Jennifer Geurts
MGH Institute of Health Professions Maureen Flynn
Mount Sinai University Randi Zinberg
Northwestern University Catherine Wicklund
Ohio State University Dawn Allain
Rutgers University Jessica Rispoli Joines
Sarah Lawrence College Claire Davis
Stanford University MaryAnn Campion
Thomas Jefferson University Rachel Brandt
Zohra Ali-KhanCatts
University of Alabama at Birmingham R. Lynn Holt
University of Arizona Dee Quinn
University of Arkansas Noelle Danylchuk
University of California-Irvine Pamela Flodman
University of California-Los Angeles Christina Palmer
University of California-San Francisco Cynthia Morgan
University of Cincinnati Melanie Myers
University of Colorado Carol Walton
University of Connecticut Maria Gyure
University of Maryland Shannan Dixon
University of Michigan Beverly Yashar
University of Minnesota Bonnie LeRoy
University of Nebraska Holly Zimmerman
UNC- Greensboro Lauren Doyle
University of Oklahoma Erin Youngs
University of Pennsylvania Kathleen Valverde
University of Pittsburgh Robin Grubs
University of Rochester Audrey L. Schroeder
University of South Carolina Janice Edwards
University of South Florida Deborah Cragun
University of Texas Claire Singletary
University of Utah Karin Dent
University of Washington Robin Bennett
University of Wisconsin-Madison Catherine Reiser
Vanderbilt University Martha Dudek
Virginia Commonwealth University Tahnee Causey
Wake Forest University Emily Lisi
Washington University in St. Louis Rachel Bradshaw
Wayne State University Angela Trepanier


International Committee on Genetic Counselor Credentialing

TAGC promotes communication and collaboration in genetic counseling, transnationally.

In 2010, the TAGC Board of Directors agreed to facilitate an International Committee on Genetic Counseling Credentialing for the purpose of promoting communication among the professional organizations that currently certifies/registers genetic counselors, internationally.

The charge of this committee is to create direct dialogue to:
1. Understand commonalities and differences in established credentialing processes
2. Create web accessible information on credentialing linked to each organization’s website
3. Learn from the experience of organizations that have developed processes for recognizing
credentials of foreign trained genetic counselors
4. Explore the possibility of certification recognition between countries
5. Assist countries developing credentialing through accessibility of information

The International Committee on Genetic Counselor Credentialing first met in Montreal, 2011 With Representatives of the following Genetic Counselor Credentialing Organizations:
American Board of Genetic Counseling 
Australasian Board of Censors for Genetic Counseling
Canadian Association of Genetic Counselors Certification Board
Genetic Counselor Registration Board (UK)
Health Professions Council of South Africa
Japanese Board of Genetic Counselors

Barcelona 2016 created the opportunity for a second meeting of the organizations representing genetic counselors, internationally. The Genetic Counselor and Genetic Nurse Division of the European Board of Medical Genetics hosted the meeting in May 2016 with representatives from the following organizations, each of whom pledged to continue an open dialogue on international recognition of genetic counselor education.

Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling
American Board of Genetic Counseling
Australasian Board of Censors in Genetic Counseling
Canadian Association of Genetic Counselors Certification Board
French Association of Genetic Counselors
Genetic Counselor Registration Board (UK)
Health Professional Council of South Africa

TAGC maintains current information on the established credentialing process for each country here, with links to each organization’s website and policies, including the current policy (if available) on recognizing certified genetic counselors trained in a foreign country. As genetic counseling education and credentialing evolves in other countries, we expect this web-resource to grow. We hope the accessibility and transparency of information will be useful to all.

Click to explore the established credentialing processes for each country:

Australia Philippines
Canada South Africa
Japan United Kingdom
Netherlands United States

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