You will see these terms/acronyms referenced in the lab's and or tests listings, and general information on terms.
An international accreditation, recognized by an independent body. See GTP information for specifics of this accreditation.
A national or international accreditation. See GTP information for specifics of this accreditation.
Describes what, if any, breeding advice a GTP provides. This is more than just reporting results.
For the HGTD purposes, this refers to a gene-based test (DNA test) that is primarily designed to aid in diagnosis and/or monitoring of a particular disease. This often, but not always, looks for specific genes or markers that indicate the presence or absence of a conditions or disease (ex. Cancers) but is not normally used for breeding purposes. Indeed, it can be used where a condition or disease is not considered or known to be inherited.
DNA test development in-house
Information on if a GTP develops new genetic tests
Ethics committee or board
Describes if the GTP has an ethics board, or committee. This is most common for GTPs attached to, or in collaboration with a University.
HGTFD founding member
Founding member of the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs database
Participant in the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs who provides either financial sponsorship, or in-kind sponsorship such as cost-free labor
In-house test discovery
Information on if the GTP undertakes research to discover new gene mutations, or improvement of genetic testing. This may include links to research and publications
A GTP that provides the actual laboratory testing service, as opposed to providing a service where laboratory processes are completely external - i.e. the GTP has a laboratory service provider. This may be for some, or all tests offered.
Provides parentage or DNA profiling using the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) panel. ISAG Comparison Tests mean test providers provide results that are comparable across different test providers. See QM details for ISAG panel used
The GTP holds an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification for a management system, manufacturing process, service or documentation at the business level. See GTP information for more details.
The GTP holds an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification for a management system, manufacturing process, service or documentation for an individual test. See GTP information for more details.
The GTP holds an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification for a management system, manufacturing process, service or documentation at the laboratory level. See GTP information for more details.
A laboratory SOP (standard operating procedure) is a description of the standards of practice for a laboratory. This may be part of an ISO accreditation, or an in-house or other formally recognized standard of practice. Often, SOPs are used to help maintain safety and consistency in processes.
Other recognized accreditation
Refers to formal or informal international or nationally recognized forms of accreditation.
The GTP uses an external service provider for some or all tests offered
Patent or license holder
This GTP either holds a patent for an individual test (see individual tests for details) AND/OR the GTP holds a license provided by an original patent holder
Qualified laboratory technicians
Laboratory technicians with a formal accreditation/certification internationally or nationally recognized
Quality assurance and resolving issues
This describes how a GTP resolves any problems with test results, either through concerns from owner, technical or handling mistakes, or if a test/assay proves to be inaccurate or incomplete.
Refereed Publications list
This provides information on if the GTP has had any research or works published in a peer-reviewed (refereed) book or journal. The peer-reviewing process indicates that the research has been considered by other experts in the same or similar field (area of study).
Information on if the GTP collaborates with other bodies (such as Universities or other research groups) in canine health and welfare research. This could include test discovery.
Sample collected by - GTP specific
Describes how the sample is collected and provided to the GTP. For example, a blood, tissue, or cheek/buccal swab taken by owner, or veterinary professional, or other person. This could also include information on how a dog's identity is confirmed, or not, at the time of sampling.
Describes how the sample is linked to the unique dog, and what data is collected on a dog - name, sex, parentage profile, genetic profile, etc.
If the GTP provides NO in-house laboratory services, who do they send tests to?
Technical handling procedures - CTP specific
Describes how the samples are handled and processed by the GTP
Test result information
Information on how test results are provided, and what is included with results. For example: online, paper, via email, with or without breeding advice.
Test results provided to
Describes who test results information is shared with. For example: owners, veterinarians, canine researchers, Breed/Kennel Clubs.
Type of CTP/GTP
For profit refers to companies (i.e. LLCs), non-profit refers generally to not-for-profit groups such as universities, registered charities are charities.