The scale of reform

4.57 This chapter has suggested a forward-looking approach to law reform, which acknowledges the dynamic nature of the medicine and science of human genetics. However, this does not imply that reform of the present regulatory framework is necessary on a grand scale. Reform may be effective even though the recommended changes in some areas are small.

4.58 Many chapters of this Report advance recommendations for reform that represent modest amendments to existing laws and practices—to extend coverage to genetic information, or clarify or modify the current position. Whenever it has been feasible to do so, the Inquiry has sought to build on existing institutions, laws and practices, rather than seek to erect a new edifice to deal with the challenges posed by human genetic information. In this way, the Inquiry seeks to recommend targeted reform that is efficient, cost-effective and capable of being achieved.