Accreditation and Quality Control

The services provided by the Genomic Diagnostic Laboratories (GDL) within the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to ISO 15189 standards (reference number 9865). The scope of our accredited services can be found here.

Some FISH tests may exceed the manufacturer’s expiry date and are performed outside the scope of accreditation; the test, however, is performed to the same internal quality control standards and procedures and results may be confirmed with alternative FISH probes or by other testing pathways.

The laboratory conforms to the best practice guidelines of the Association for Clinical Genetic Science (ACGS).

External Quality Assessment

The laboratories take part in relevant external quality assessment schemes:

Our Mission Statement:

To report the correct genetic diagnosis on the correct patient in an appropriate timeframe using reliable and accurate tests utilising the most relevant technology, and to communicate that diagnosis to the correct clinician in the most effective way.

GDL Quality Documents
Turnaround Times

The turnaround times for our laboratory services can be found on the relevant Manchester GDL service profiles.

Confidentiality and Data protection

The GDL and the Trust comply with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and take all possible care to maintain security and confidentiality of personal data. Further details are available here.


Both the GDL and the Clinical Genetics service are committed to continual improvement and welcome feedback on our services from both healthcare professionals and patients which can be sent to the GDL Quality Manager or the Clinical Director at:

Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine
6th Floor,
St Mary’s Hospital,
Oxford Road,
M13 9WL