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Newborn Screening Program Updates

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Northwest Regional Newborn Screening Program (NWRNBS) is amending the Oregon Administrative Rules governing the Program (333-024). Complete information can be found in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

The proposed rule amendments update the rules regarding the:

  • Definition of terms used,
  • Timing for collecting specimens, and
  • Methods of testing and the retention of residual specimens.
In addition, the proposed rule amendments include housekeeping edits and update the reference to the Oregon Newborn Bloodspot Screening Practitioner’s Manual throughout the rules. 

The Oregon Newborn Bloodspot Screening Practitioner’s Manual is being updated to reflect the proposed rule language changes, update the Lysosomal Storage Disorder criteria and add language for additional clarification where necessary.
Interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed rules.
  • To present oral testimony, a public hearing will be held in Portland, Oregon at 800 NE Oregon St, Room 1D, on September 16, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. 
  • Written comments may be filed before 5:00 p.m. on September 23, 2019 by submitting them to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator 
    • By Mail: OHA, Public Health Division; Brittany Hall, Administrative Rules Coordinator; 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930; Portland, Oregon 97232
    • By E-mail:
    • By Fax: (971) 673-1299
Final rules will be filed after consideration of all comments.

Previous Newborn Screening Program Changes

The NWRNBS is providing prior provider communications for reference:
  • Letter: September 19, 2018 (pdf) - Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSDs) added to the screening panel, implemented October 1, 2018
  • Letter: March 19, 2018 (pdf) - Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSDs) added to OAR; Changes to timelines to collect and submit specimens; Change fees for newborn screening test kits, Implemented April 1, 2018

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