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.

The Register on the GCRB website gives you access to a list of genetic counsellors who have met the standards for registration. 

The GCRB register has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under its Accredited Registers programme. While the GCRB remains accredited by the PSA, since 2019 the GCRB has come under the auspices of The Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS). Accreditation means that the GCRB has met the Authority’s demanding standards in the following areas: governance, setting standards, education and training, managing the register, providing information and complaints handling. For more details click here.

When recruiting a genetic counsellor it is important to check if the applicant has registered with the GCRB. Please see the GCRB Guide for Employers.

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

Registered Genetic Counsellors working in private practice would fall under a regulated activity in the diagnostic and/or screening services (DSS) and so would 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

GCRB Administrator

46 Park Hill

Carshalton Beeches

Surrey SM5 3RU