The Genetic Counsellor Registration Board (GCRB) sets and monitors standards in the UK & Republic of Ireland, for 

  • entry into the Genetic Counseling profession,
  • registration of Genetic Counsellors,
  • maintenance of registration and
  • disciplinary proceedings.

In 2019 the GCRB register was transferred to the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS). A GCRB Board Member sits on the AHCS Healthcare Science Registration Council and Genetic Counsellors who have met the GCRB assessment criteria are now included in the AHCS public register of Practitioners accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accreditation means that the AHCS has met the Authority's demanding standards in respect of governance, setting standards, education and training, managing the register, providing information and complaints handling. For more details about PSA accredited registers click here.

For further details about the AHCS click here.


When recruiting a Genetic Counsellor, it is important to check if the applicant is registered with the AHCS. Please see the GCRB Guide for Employers.

Only Registered Genetic Counsellors come under the remit of the AHCS and GCRB. The Register gives you access to a list of counsellors who have applied and met the standards for registration.

To view the status of a Genetic Counsellor, please check the Register. 

A registrant whose fitness to practice is under question should be referred to the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS). For more information on how to raise concerns or a complaint about a registered genetic counsellor through the AHCS click here.

Registered Genetic Counsellors working in private practice may fall under a regulated activity in the diagnostic and/or screening services (DSS) and so could fall under the scope of registration with the Care Quality Commission in England; Care Commission in Scotland; Health Improvement in Wales; Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland the Health Improvement Quality Authority.

For information on registered genetic counsellors working in private practice please click here.

To view the status of a Genetic Counsellor, check the REGISTER

If you have any other queries please contact the GCRB administrator at enquiries@gcrb.org.uk