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 20-week screening scan and Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome screening in England.

Programme pathways

Programme guidance

Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome screening

20-week screening scan

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)

Annual data reports

Published 1 January 2013
Last updated 30 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the operational guidance to support NIPT.

  2. Added Fetal anomaly screening: care pathways.

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

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

  5. Added fetal anomaly screening programme handbook.

  6. First published.