Fetal anomaly screening: programme handbook

This document brings together all the guidelines and recommendations that relate to the NHS fetal anomaly screening programme (FASP).


Fetal anomaly screening programme: programme handbook

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The purpose of this handbook is to bring together in one publication the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme’s (FASP) guidelines and recommendations that relate to the screening pathway and are not covered in detail in the other handbooks.

It includes:

  • an overview of the fetal anomaly screening programme (FASP)
  • details of the markers used in the screening tests and the tests themselves
  • information about Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes
  • information about diagnostic testing and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT)
  • quality assurance processes
  • key performance indicators
  • screening safety incidents
  • ultrasound images and schematics
Published 9 July 2015
Last updated 17 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated edition of programme handbook valid from August 2018.
  2. First published.