ISNS International Society For Neonatal Screening




Our vision: ISNS is recognized worldwide for its contributions to the detection of neonatal conditions and the prevention of their adverse outcomes through excellence in neonatal screening.

Our mission:  To enhance the quality of testing and medical services through dissemination of information, guidelines and best practices that benefit all family members and their babies by helping to ensure protection of babies from life-quality threatening conditions.


Welcome !

Welcome to the website of the International Society for Neonatal Screening (ISNS).
This society is aiming to advance screening for neonatal and infant sicknesses and disorders, worldwide.
ISNS has around 350 members in more than 70 different countries. Most members have a professional (para)medical background but a few are involved in parents' or patients' organisations.

For more information about ISNS visit the ISNS-Info section (see above).

ISNS welcomes new members who have demonstrated an active interest in neonatal screening.

Why should I join as a member?

As a member you are entitled to see the privileged pages containing specific news items, a monthly neonatal screening literature service and a discount to ISNS-related conferences. Under certain conditions you may apply for travel grants to such conferences. Having access to the on line membership directory you have easier access to other members sharing specific interests.

How do I become a member?

Please read the Membership-info section (see above) and subsequently click on the button "Member subscribe"


ISNS publishes its own journal, please see


Worldwide members per May 1, 2014

350 members in 68 countries.
Countries with at least one member are shown in blue-grey, others in green.

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Health First Europe is a non-profit, non-commercial alliance of patients, healthcare workers, academics and healthcare experts and the medical technology industry.
It aims to ensure that equitable access to modern, innovative and reliable medical technology and healthcare is regarded as a vital investment in the future of Europe. It calls for truly patient-centred healthcare and believes that every European citizen should benefit from the best medical treatments available.

Health First Europe and ISNS have recognised common interests in the field of patient health issues. Subsequently ISNS has applied successfully to become HFE member.

More information about HFE can be found at

For any scientist it is a tedious task to keep up with the flurry of publications in his field of expertise and interest. With regard to neonatal screening ISNS provides a monthly service with a list of 20-40 recent publications from the leading scientific journals. This list is available for ISNS members.

Not yet a member? Please click on the button "Member application" on the ISNS home page.

The European commission has also released a fact sheet of EU action on rare diseases on the event of rare disease day. In recognition of the significant impact of such diseases on sufferers, their families and carers, the European Commission describe the integrated approach taken to improve access and equity towards prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these patients throughout the European Union. The factsheet illustrate EC actions in several areas important to rare disease patients such as:
• Supporting actions for an early diagnosis
• Supporting European research for better understanding and treatment of rare diseases
• Incentivising pharmaceutical companies
• Establishing a European platform on rare diseases registration
• Helping the organisations that support patients
• Assistance and support for member states’ efforts
• Gathering the best expert advice
• Supporting projects

Read EC fact sheet

(source: OrphaNews 170315)