Newborn Screening Laboratory Bulletin
About CDC’s Newborn Screening Laboratory Bulletin
At least 4 million newborns in the United States alone are tested annually for congenital diseases through newborn screening, and severe disorders are detected in about 5,000 babies. Newborn screening saves thousands of babies each year from disability and premature death. For 30 years, CDC’s Environmental Health Laboratory has been the only comprehensive source in the world dedicated to quality assurance and proficiency testing for newborn screening programs. In an effort to heighten awareness about the critical importance of newborn screening and to highlight CDC’s laboratory role in newborn screening worldwide, CDC has published the Newborn Screening Laboratory Bulletin.
- Newborn Screening Quality Assurance Program (NSQAP)
NSQAP is a voluntary, non-regulatory program to help state health departments and their laboratories maintain and enhance the quality of newborn screening test results.
- Newborn Screening Translation Research Initiative (NSTRI)External
NSTRI—a collaboration between the CDC Foundation and CDC’s Division of Laboratory Sciences—was established to assure that the translation of research methods into routine laboratory tests for newborn screening leads to sustainable high-quality testing and healthier babies worldwide.