The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) has announced their recommendation to introduce NIPT as part of an evaluation process that will assess the impact of NIPT on the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme. NIPT will be offered as an additional screening test for women who have a high risk screening result for Down’s, Edward’s or Patau’s syndromes following the current screening test. An invasive test is required to confirm a positive NIPT result.
The NSC considered the interim results from the RAPID NIPT Evaluation Study where NIPT was offered to women with an initial screening risk greater than 1 in 1000. The study looked at multiple aspects of implementing NIPT into the NHS including an evaluation of uptake, costs, impact on pregnancy outcomes and women’s experiences. The RAPID team prepared a report on the study for the NSC and Professor Lyn Chitty presented the key findings at an NSC meeting in November 2015. Click here to read the executive summary of the RAPID report.