Newborn blood spot screening: standards

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


Newborn blood spot screening supporting information

Newborn blood spot screening pathway and themes

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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.

Published 1 January 2014
Last updated 7 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added revised standards for data collected from 1 April 2020 onwards.

  2. Newborn blood spot screening standards updated and reformatted.

  3. Standards updated January 2017 for implementation from April 2017

  4. First published.