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Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children
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Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children

Nominations are being sought of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as voting members of the Committee.

Interested applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by another individual and/or organization.

Nomination materials must be received by July 27, 2015.

Read the Federal Register notice for more details.


Next Meeting: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Friday, August 28, 2015

Location: Via Webinar and In-Person

National Institutes of Health

5635 Fishers Lane

Rockville, Maryland 20857

Remaining CY 2015 Meetings:

Monday, November 2, 2015 - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CY 2016 Meetings:

Feb 11 -12, 2016

May 9-10, 2016  

Aug 25-26, 2016  

Nov 3-4, 2016  

The Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (Committee) was established under the Public Health Service Act, Title XI, § 1109 (42 U.S.C. 300b-10), as amended by the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-240).

The mission of the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children is to reduce morbidity and mortality in newborns and children who have, or are at risk for, heritable disorders.

The Committee recommends that every newborn screening program include a Uniform Screening Panel (PDF - 2 pages) that screens for 32 core disorders and 26 secondary disorders; the disorders' selection was based on the Newborn Screening: Towards a Uniform Screening Panel and System (PDF - 329 pages).

The Committee advises the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the most appropriate application of universal newborn screening tests, technologies, policies, guidelines and standards. Specifically, the committee provides to the Secretary, the following:

  • Advice and recommendations concerning grants and projects authorized awarded or funded related to screening heritable disorders in newborns and children.
  • Technical information to develop Heritable Disorders Program policies and priorities will enhance the ability of the state and local health agencies to provide screening, counseling and health care services for newborns and children who have or are at risk for heritable disorders; and
  • Recommendations, advice and information to enhance, expand or improve the ability of the Secretary to reduce mortality and morbidity from heritable disorders in newborns and children.

The committee was chartered on May 7, 2015.