The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule provides clinicians with consistent guidance when considering requesting laboratory tests.
It will ensure the uniform availability of tests across District Health Boards (DHBs) in the future. Tests are divided into Tier 1,
which all referrers can order, and Tier 2, meaning that the test must be ordered in conjunction with another health professional
with a particular area of expertise. In addition, clinical guidance is provided on the use of some tests. In this article, with
the assistance of Dr Joanne Dixon (leader of the Laboratory Schedule genetic subgroup), we focus on the genetic tests in the Schedule.
Best Tests, November 2014