Ethics Statement

As part of the emerging personal genetics industry, where regulations and best practices are still being defined, Athletigen has a unique responsibility. We have the opportunity to define the standards, policies, and practices we will abide by – striking a balance between fulfilling our mission to deliver genetic information to the world in a responsible and ethical manner. We have decided to take this opportunity to challenge ourselves to abide by all applicable legislation and policies, as well as help define the standard in this industry.

Please read our Privacy Statement and Terms of Service for all the details, but here are our guiding principles regarding how we choose to operate as the industry regulations, expectations, and best practices continue to develop:

  • We believe that the storage of genetic data should be held to the highest standard of privacy and security. We adhere to the US Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), undergo annual self-imposed privacy and security audits, and have an internal Privacy Officer. We work with the best possible partners to provide a safe and secure system for your data to be collected, analyzed, and stored.
  • We will obtain your explicit consent before providing your personal information (registration, genetic, environmental, self-reported, etc.) to any third party.
  • We do everything in our power to ensure our services are not used for talent identification purposes. There is no scientific evidence that suggests genetics can be used to determine what job, lifestyle, sport or fitness regime an individual should participate in. We work to empower you to learn from your genetic data with educational programs, informed consent, and in the way we present your results to you.
  • We hold ourselves to the highest scientific standards and ensure that any traits included in your reports are backed by peer reviewed scientific studies. We are transparent on the level of consensus in the scientific community for each trait that we report on. We also work closely with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada to ensure that the information that you see meets or exceeds their consumer guidelines.
  • As a member of the emerging personal genetics industry, where the applications and potential of this science are still being defined, we must be conservative in our claims and transparent in our practices. While we strive to educate and communicate with each and every customer, we recognize that you still may have questions – some of which have no clear answers yet. We invite you to contact us here with any and all questions, concerns, or ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.