Guidance

Newborn blood spot screening: standards

Screening standards for the NHS newborn blood spot (NBS) screening programme.

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These documents present the national screening standards for the NHS newborn blood spot (NBS) screening programme.

The most recent standards apply to data collected from 1 April 2020. They replace previous versions.

See Population screening: our approach to screening standards for the consistent approach we take to screening standards across all 11 NHS screening programmes.

Contact the PHE Screening helpdesk with any queries about this publication, making sure you include its full title.

Published 1 January 2014
Last updated 12 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Removal of pathway and themes diagram.

  2. Updated Newborn blood spot screening supporting information: sections NBS-S07a, NBS-S07b and NBS-S07c.

  3. Updated Newborn blood spot screening standards for data collected from 1 April 2021.

  4. Updated standards S07a, S07b and S07c.

  5. Added revised standards for data collected from 1 April 2020 onwards.

  6. Newborn blood spot screening standards updated and reformatted.

  7. Standards updated January 2017 for implementation from April 2017

  8. First published.