Neonatal Screening

A life-saving tool for babies born with treatable rare disorders

ABOUT US

The ultimate goal

Screen4Rare’s ultimate goal is, through policy engagement, to work towards ensuring that all babies can have equitable access to newborn screening; a life-saving tool for conditions such as severe combined immunodeficiencies. Screen4Rare founding partners are:

  • IPOPI International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies
  • ISNS – International Society for Neonatal Screening

  • ESID European Society for Immunodeficiencies

NEWBORN SCREENING

Newborn (or Neonatal) screening saves lives. Currently available scientific evidence from world-wide neonatal screening programmes and pilots clearly demonstrates that the early asymptomatic detection enabled by neonatal screening, when linked to appropriate treatment, can be life changing and even lifesaving.

While screening for some conditions, such as phenylketonuria (PKU) or congenital hypothyroidism (CH) are in place in most national programmes, the implementation of others, such as severe combined immunodeficiencies (SCID) or spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), is more limited, despite growing attention over the past decade.

ABOUT US

Screen4Rare is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched by IPOPI, ISNS and ESID aimed at exchanging knowledge and best practices on NBS for rare diseases. Its ultimate objective is to ensure all babies born in the EU can have equal access to NBS which can be a life-saving tool for conditions such as SCID.

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CALL TO ACTION

The European Union’s (EU) added value in the field of rare diseases is well known. From the European Reference Networks (ERNs) to the EU research funding programmes, positive strides have been taken on health-related matters.

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ERN NEWBORN SCREENING EXPERT PLATFORM

On 14 September 2021, representatives of the European Commission, European References Networks (ERNs), and Screen4Rare1 officially launched the ERN Expert Platform for Newborn Screening.

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INTERNATIONAL NEONATAL SCREENING DAY

The first INSD was celebrated on June 28th 2021 and will be celebrated every year in the future on the same date. The date of the INSD was chosen as a tribute to Dr Robert Guthrie, as such it is to be celebrated on his birthday: June 28th.

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Value of NBS

NBS for RD plays a critical role in improving healthcare outcomes and mortality for rare diseases. In the specific case of primary immunodeficiencies, the results from recently established programmes at national level demonstrate that newborn screening can dramatically improve the outcomes for infants with Severe Combined Immunodeficiencies (SCID)

Founding Members

Screen4rare was founded by IPOPI, ISNS, and ESID. These organisations meet regularly to set Screen4Rare’s overarching strategy and guide the development of various workstreams within the initiative.

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Member of European Parliment (MEP) Interest Group

The MEP Alliance for Rare Disease Newborn Screening (the S4R MEPs) is an informal MEP Group that brings Members of the European Parliament together to raise awareness and prioritise newborn screening for rare diseases policies at the EU level.

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EU Health Policy Platform

The EU Health Policy Platform (HPP) is an online platform created to share ideas, knowledge and expertise. HPP allows users to create specific stakeholder platforms to allow for knowledge exchange.

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A warm thanks to our member @ipopi_info and @Screen4Rare for inviting Health First Europe to a successful meeting at @Europarl_EN to discuss the importance of #newbornscreening and #equitableaccess across the EU🇪🇺!

ERN-RITA is celebrating this 2nd #INSD and is strongly committed in 3 task forces that address the topic with the objective of tackling the discrepancies throughout the European Union and broader!

Today is the #InternationalNeonatalScreeningDay! Raise awareness about Neonatal screening in speeding-up diagnosis and treatment for children with #RareDiseases. @ISNSNeonatal @ESIDsociety @ipopi_info @Screen4Rare
#INSD2022 #newbornscreening https://twitter.com/Screen4Rare/status/1541672252734935042

Screen4Rare@Screen4Rare

Why celebrate #InternationalNeonatalScreeningDay? #Neonatalscreening can bring several key benefits to patients, primarily by expediting access to diagnosis and treatment – especially for rare conditions.
#INSD2022

Today, from @SMAEurope we attend the event organised by @Screen4Rare and the EU MEP Alliance for Newborn Screening, hosted by MEP @Kympouropoulos Join us! #INSD2022 #SpinalMuscularAtrophy #RareDisease

Our week of celebrating #InternationalNeonatalScreeningDay comes to a close – thank you @Screen4Rare, @ESIDsociety, @ISNSNeonatal & @ipopi_info, plus all those who joined us in raising awareness about the life-saving benefits of #neonatalscreening. See you next year on June 28th!

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