(France) France Rejects Bill to Legalize Consumer DNA Tests #DNA

Jan Meisels Allen



Do it yourself DNA testing has been banned in France since 1994 under the law of bioethics (loi de bioetiques). The only way you can take a DNA test legally is by getting medical approval or a court order allowing you to undergo one.  

Anyone who breaks the law faces a fine of up to €3,750. A poll taken in August 2018 revealed that 78 percent of respondents wanted France to lift the ban on DNA tests.  (


On October 4, 2019 the Assemblée  Nationale rejected amendments in favor of legalizing genealogical DNA tests as part of Section 10 of the bioethics law. They went further than rejecting the amendment by adopting a formal prohibition on advertising for “recreational” genetic testing. The government said the existing law already allowed for the ban on television commercials or online, but the members of the Assemblé Nationale rejected the proposal.  According to an article in La revue francaise de Généalogie, it was the TV spots broadcast by MyHeritage that were the “line of fire”.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee