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Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children

Upcoming Meeting

Date and Time: Thursday, August 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Location: Via webinar only
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018, 12:00 PM ET
Registration Link: http://www.achdncmeetings.org/ HRSA exit disclaimer

Public Comments:
To submit written comments or request time for an oral comment at the meeting, please register online by July 27, 2018 by 12:00 pm EST at http://www.achdncmeetings.org HRSA exit disclaimer. To ensure all individuals who have registered and requested time for oral comments are accommodated, the allocated time for comments may be limited. Individuals associated with groups or who plan to provide comments on similar topics may be asked to combine their comments and present them through a single representative. No audiovisual presentations are permitted.

Anyone requesting information regarding the ACHDNC should contact Ann Ferrero, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), HRSA, in one of three ways: 1) send a request to the following address: Ann Ferrero, MCHB, HRSA 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18N100C, Rockville, MD 20857; 2) call 301-443-3999; or 3) send an email to AFerrero@hrsa.gov

Future Meeting Dates
November 1-2, 2018 - In person and webcast

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 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 Committee recommends that every newborn screening program include a Uniform Screening Panel (PDF - 12 MB)* that screens for 34 core disorders and 26 secondary disorders; the disorders' selection was based on the Newborn Screening: Towards a Uniform Screening Panel and System (PDF - 191 KB).

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.


*Individuals using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance, please email HRSAAccessibility@hrsa.gov.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2018