Organization and Legislative of Screening in Belgium

  • H. L. Vis
Conference paper


In Western European countries metabolic screening programs are not required by law. They therefore exist in terms of local individual motivations. Under such conditions, collection of data and estimation of percentage of coverage by screening is problematic. In an attempt to elucidate this problem, we wish to describe what has been done in Belgium where screening is not compulsory. At first the legislator has defined certain necessary criteria to subsidize the program in proportion to the number of tests done. These criteria are the following:
  1. 1)

    At least two methods must be routinely used: microbiologic test, paper or thin-layer chromatography, and fluorometric assay.

  2. 2)

    Control of presumptively positive tests for aminoacidopathies must be done by ion exchange column chromatography.

  3. 3)

    The laboratory staff must meet certain requirements: the director of the laboratory must be a medical doctor and the secretary work must be assumed by a health worker so that contacts with presumptively positive patients are governed by the Hippocratic oath.



Neonatal Screening Maple Syrup Urine Disease Laboratory Staff Microbiologic Test Fluorometric Assay 
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