What is a Newborn Screening Facility (NSF)?
An NSF is a health facility that educates parents about NBS during prenatal, collects blood sample for newborn screening, sends sampleÂ to NSC, recalls patients found positive in newborn screening and assists in the management of patients.
How does one become an NSF?
1. Organize a Newborn Screening (NBS)Â Team. The NBSÂ Team shall be chaired by an NBSÂ Coordinator who shall oversee the NBSÂ Process, collection of samples, release of results, prompt recall, and follow-up of positive cases.
2. Download and fill out the institutional database form. The form can be also be secured from the Newborn Screening Reference Center - National Institutes of Health (NSRC-NIH) or your respective DOH-Regional Offices (DOH-ROs).
3. Submit the form to:
Newborn Screening Reference Center
National Institutes of Health, UP Manila
Unit 104, Building A, UP Ayala Land Technohub
Brgy. UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City
fax to 02-3730119 or email to
*Additional requirements for private health facilities is needed â€“ DTI Certificate/SEC Registration/Mayorâ€™s Permit/ Business Permit.
4. NSRC will send the following to the applicant:
a. A welcome letter indicating the facility code.
b. Administrative mechanics including how to order the NBSÂ Specimen Collection Kit.
5. Once the facility code and the mechanics are received, order the NBSÂ Specimen Kits from the assigned Newborn Screening Center (NSC).
6. Start offering newborn screening services once the ordered kits are delivered.
7. Inform all sections concerned (e.g. Dept of Pediatrics and OB, Nursery) about inclusion of newborn screening in the facility
8. Prepare an Advocacy and Promotional Plan.
If you have any questions and clarification, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact us through our e-mail address:
. The facility is encouraged to explore the newborn screening website for more information.
All inquiries for training will be forwarded to the respective DOH-ROs. Conduct of training and orientation is a prerogrative of the DOH-RO.
For more guidance about the systematic implementation of NBS in your Institution, you may refer to the FAQs for NSF Coordinators or the Facilitator's Guidebook: Newborn Screening in the Communities.
Other resources on newborn screening are also now available for downloads.