Conditions for consideration by the Committee for the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP) must be nominated.
The Committee encourages individuals and organizations to form multi-disciplinary teams to submit nominations for conditions to be considered for inclusion on the RUSP. Teams should include researchers and/or clinicians with expertise on the condition being nominated, advocacy and/or professional organizations with knowledge of issues relevant to newborn screening, and interested consumers/individuals.
*A potential or actual conflict of interest exists when commitments and obligations are likely to be compromised by the nominator(s)'s other material interests or relationships (especially economic), particularly if those interests or commitments are not disclosed.
Nomination and Prioritization Workgroup
The Committee's Nomination and Prioritization (N&P) Workgroup reviews the completed Nomination Package and compiles a summary for Committee consideration. The Committee decides if sufficient evidence is available, and votes to assign, or not assign, the nominated condition to the external Condition Review Workgroup. Nominators whose conditions are not assigned to the Condition Review Workgroup are provided with feedback.
Condition Review Workgroup
The external Condition Review Workgroup completes a systematic evidence-based review, provides updates, and presents a final report to the Committee on assigned conditions.
Committee Deliberations and Vote
The Committee discusses and deliberates on the evidence presented by the Condition Review Workgroup. The Committee uses a decision matrix to guide their final decisions. Then the Committee votes to recommend or not recommend adding the nominated condition to the RUSP for consideration by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Nominators whose conditions are not recommended for addition to the RUSP are provided with feedback.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services makes the final decision on whether to add, or not add, a recommended condition to the RUSP.