Newborn blood spot screening: code of practice for residual spots

Provides the code of practice for the retention and storage of residual spots after newborn blood spot testing.


Code of practice for the retention and storage of residual spots

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This publication sets out arrangements for the retention, storage and potential use of residual newborn blood spot screening samples.

Note that the retention guidance is currently under review. Screening laboratories are requested not to destroy any residual newborn blood spot cards and shall be notified directly when the outcome of the review has been reached.

Published 1 January 2005
Last updated 28 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Clarification that laboratories should not start destroying blood spot cards while a review of the blood spot retention guidance takes place.
  2. Updated with January 2018 version.
  3. First published.