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22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 225600, tabled on 25 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department’s policy is on adding a test for 22q11 deletion syndrome to the newborn blood spot test.

Answered on

6 March 2019

No assessment has been made on adding a test for 22q11 deletion syndrome to the newborn blood spot test as the United Kingdom National Screening Committee’s (UK NSC) had not previously been asked to look at this condition.

However, as part of the UK NSC`s annual call for topics 2018, a proposal was received to consider adding the condition of 22q11 deletion syndrome (also known as DiGeorge syndrome) to the new born blood spot programme.

This is the first time the UK NSC has been asked to consider screening for 22q11. The UK NSC will be reviewing the proposal at its meeting at the end of the month and to agree next steps. Minutes of the meeting will then be published six weeks after and be made available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/uk-national-screening-committee-uk-nsc