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Newborn screening laboratory bulletin
  • Published Date:
    October 2008
Filetype[PDF - 1.95 MB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.), Division of Laboratory Sciences.
  • Series:
    NCEH pub. ; no. 08ae043
  • Description:
    I. Newborn screening -- Overview of newborn screening -- II. CDC's laboratory role in newborn screening : Overview of the Newborn Screening Quality Assurance Program (NSQAP) : NSQAP's partnership with laboratories : A Snapshot of NSQAP -- III. CDC's role in translation research : Collaborating with state public health laboratories -- IV. Future directions : Newborn screening national contingency plan : Environmental uses of dried blood spots -- V. Next generation newborn screening : Genomics : Emerging technologies -- VI. References -- VII. Selected publications

    "In 1978, CDC established the Newborn Screening Quality Assurance Program (NSQAP) to enhance and maintain the quality of newborn screening tests performed in the United States. NSQAP-housed in CDC's Environmental Health Laboratory has grown to become the only comprehensive program in the world devoted to quality assurance of newborn screening tests. Since its inception, NSQAP has steadily added disorders and analytes to the program and continues to expand the program. NSQAP provides training, consultation, proficiency testing, guidelines, and reference materials to state public health laboratories and other laboratories responsible for newborn screening in the United States and in several other countries. Because of NSQAP, parents and doctors in the United States can trust the results of newborn screening tests. As NSQAP has developed, so have its relationships with public health partners. One of NSQAP's most important partners is the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL),which serves as a dynamic interface between CDC and local, state, and territorial public health laboratories. For the past 30 years, APHL has worked closely with NSQAP to assure the highest standards of performance for newborn screening nationwide for public and private laboratories. Through its Newborn Screening and Genetics in Public Health Committee, APHL is involved in a broad range of issues-- including training in laboratory methods using advanced technology, development of policy statements on newborn screening issues, and contingency planning for continued newborn screening in the event of a disaster or other public health emergency. APHL promotes the scientific and technologic expertise of NSQAP to public health officials at the state and federal levels. APHL also provides valuable strategic guidance and expertise to NSQAP. With APHL's assistance, NSQAP is recognized worldwide and serves as a model program of quality assurance for newborn screening for many other countries." - p. 5-6

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