Fetal anomaly screening: providing services

Information for healthcare professionals providing NHS fetal anomaly screening programme (FASP) screening, to ensure services meet the national standards for England.

These documents explain the procedures for providing the 18+0 to 20+6 week fetal anomaly scan and Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome screening in England.

Care pathways

See the typical screening programme care pathway for pregnant women screened for fetal anomalies or Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome.

Service specifications

Fetal anomaly screening professionals must use the national service specifications, in conjunction with these documents, to ensure service consistency in England.

There are two service specifications for the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme:

  • Number 16: Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome

  • Number 17: Fetal anomaly screening

KPIs and data submission

The national quality assurance team uses KPIs to measure the performance of the antenatal and newborn screening programmes. Following the KPIs and standards for each programme ensures that all women receive an equitable screening experience.

Data return forms should be completed and submitted anually by maternity units and laboratories.

Down’s syndrome screening quality assurance support service (DQASS)

Down’s syndrome screening has its own quality assurance process, mandatory for laboratories and sonographers.

Fetal anomaly screening: programme guidance

Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes screening

Fetal anomaly screening: ultrasound scan

Annual data reports

  1. Fetal anomaly screening programme: standards data report
Published 1 January 2013
Last updated 3 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added Fetal anomaly screening: care pathways.

  2. Added: 'Fetal anomaly screening: the 20-week scan'.

  3. Created 'annual data reports' group and added 'Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme: standards data report' to it.

  4. Added fetal anomaly screening programme handbook.

  5. First published.