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welsh government logo cb 1August 22 2017

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is being introduced into the antenatal screening programme in Wales.

 NIPT, which uses a blood sample analysed in a laboratory, “will be added to the screening pathway as an additional option for women who accept current primary screening and are assessed as being at higher chance of Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome,” said the Welsh Government. The new test will be rolled out “as soon as practicable” in 2018.

Currently, the screening test showing the chance of having a baby with Down’s syndrome requires an invasive test to confirm the diagnosis, something that carries a small risk of miscarriage. NIPT will be offered as an additional option to this. “It is expected that 1 to 2 babies per year in Wales will be saved from miscarriage as a result of the introduction of NIPT.”

Public Health Minister Rebecca Evans said the Welsh Government has accepted the recommendations made by the UK National Screening Committee and the Wales Screening Committee to introduce NIPT as an additional option.

“NIPT is more accurate than the current primary tests,” she said. “A negative NIPT result will offer pregnant women the reassurance they need, without the need for a further invasive diagnostic test – reducing the unnecessary harm from miscarriage that can be caused through the use of these tests.”

Link:
Welsh Government announcement          

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