28th June - International Neonatal Screening Day

28 June 2022

28th June - International Neonatal Screening Day
Today is International Neonatal Screening Day! As we celebrate today, we are proud to be members of the UK NBS Collaborative - working towards meaningful change and extension to the UK newborn bloodspot programme. We will also be providing an update from the UK SMA NBS Alliance in the next couple of weeks.

Launched last year, this day celebrates Dr Robert Guthrie’s birthday (28th June, 1916 – 24th June, 1995), a microbiologist who introduced the paper blood spot card. His work and activities revolutionised the detection of children with inborn conditions, enabling the improvement of children’s health. 

The INSD website explains:

"The aim of the day is to raise awareness about the value of neonatal screening, as well as encourage collaboration and the sharing of best practices to continually improve routine screening and ensure the newest scientific evidence is incorporated. The day is also about celebrating the vision of those who have helped make neonatal screening possible and will, in turn, encourage a new generation of stakeholders to extend its benefits to more children and a wider range of conditions."

Further information

International Neonatal Screening Day website

Press Release

How you can get involved