child screening programme

Lead poisoning

Lead poisoning is a medical condition caused by increased levels of the metal lead in the blood.

Read more about lead poisoning on NHS Inform.

UK NSC screening recommendation Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in April 2018.

Screening is not currently recommended for this condition.

Screening for lead poisoning is not recommended because:

  • the number of children affected in the UK is currently not known
  • the test was not reliable enough
  • treatments in children with mild symptoms have not been proven and may also be harmful

Supporting documents from the 2018 review

Evidence summary Lead poisoning (2017)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.

UK NSC Coversheet elevated BLLs (2018)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.

Review cycle

Date previous review completed: 2018

Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.

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

Organisations interested in Lead poisoning

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

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