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 - 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:
The committee was chartered on May 7, 2015.