The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children works 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 31 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:
The committee was chartered in February 2003.