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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 45, PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
Chapter 9: State Board of Medical Examiners; advisory committee.
Section: 45:9-37.120: Disclosure of information by licensed genetic counselor.
10. A licensed genetic counselor shall not be required to disclose any confidential information that the genetic counselor may have acquired from a client or patient while performing genetic counseling services, unless:
a. Disclosure is required by other federal or State law;
b. The genetic counselor is a party to a civil, criminal or disciplinary action arising from the genetic counseling services provided, in which case a waiver of the privilege accorded by this section shall be limited to that action; or
c. The patient or client is a defendant in a criminal proceeding and the use of the privilege would violate the defendant's right to present testimony and witnesses on that person's behalf.
A genetic counselor who discloses confidential information in violation of this section shall be liable for damages sustained by the patient or client about whom the information relates, as well as attorney's fees and costs of suit. Additionally, the genetic counselor may be subject to a penalty of not more than $10,000 for each violation, or a penalty of not more than $50,000 for a knowing violation or if the board finds that violations have occurred with enough frequency as to constitute a general business practice.
L.2009, c.41, s.10.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:54.
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