antenatal screening programme

Fetal anomalies

95% of pregnancies in the UK result in the birth of a healthy baby. Yet, in a few cases, there are problems affecting the baby's development. Screening tests offered in pregnancy include ultrasound scans or blood tests. They are used to check for specific physical abnormalities and conditions. The screening tests are not guaranteed to find all problems.

Read more about fetal anomaly screening on the NHS website.

UK NSC screening recommendation Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in January 2016.

Screening for this condition is recommended.

The UK NSC recommends an ultrasound scan between 18+0 and 20+6 weeks of pregnancy to identify serious physical conditions. This is based on the position of NICE, as well as HTA systematic reviews, such as the 2003 review into first and second trimester antenatal screening for Down’s syndrome.

Supporting documents from the 2016 review

UK NSC coversheet & consultation comments Fetal anomalies (2016)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.

Other supporting documents

Screening around the UK

The UK NSC recommends screening for this condition, however this may vary slightly depending on where you are in the UK.

Review cycle

Date previous review completed: 2016

Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.

To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.

Organisations interested in Fetal anomalies

These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.

List of organisations

If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for organisation can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.