Role of NSRC Print

RA 9288 or the Newborn Screening Act of 2004 mandates the National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines to create the Newborn Screening Reference Center (NSRC). The NSRC is responsible for the national testing database and case registries, training, technical assistance and continuing education for laboratory staff in all Newborn Screening Centers. Section 14 of the same article also stipulates that Newborn Screening Reference Center shall be responsible for the Quality Assurance of the National Comprehensive Newborn Screening System of the Country.

The NSRC provides technical assistance to the DOH-NIH network in reaching the ultimate goal of screening Filipino newborns for common life-threatening heritable disorders. NSRC, together with the Bureau of Health Facilities and Services (BHFS) of the DOH, ensures that quality services are provided to babies screened. The NSRC assists DOH in establishing Newborn Screening Centers (NSC’s) in geographically located areas. All NSCs will comprise a newborn screening laboratory and will be equipped with a follow up program that is linked with the DOH.