Newborn Screening Advisory Committee

Purpose

The Newborn Screening Advisory Committee advises the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on strategic planning, policy, rules and services related to newborn screening and additional newborn screening tests. The DSHS commissioner appoints members of the committee.

Announcements

Committee Meetings

The committee meets at least three times annually. The public may attend these meetings in person at the designated meeting location. See the specific meeting agenda for location details. View the meeting schedule as well as the committee bylaws, agendas and minutes.

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About The Committee 

History

The Newborn Screening Advisory Committee was mandated by House Bill (HB) 1795, 81st Texas Legislature (2009), relating to newborn screening and the creation of the advisory committee. HB 1795 is also known as “Greyson’s Law” in memory of Greyson Morris.

In spring 2013, the passage of House Bill 740 during the 83rd Legislative Session (R) amended Texas Health & Safety Code §33.017 and established the minimum number of committee members. The advisory committee must include: 

  • At least four physicians licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas, including at least two physicians specializing in neonatal-perinatal medicine,
  • At least two hospital representatives,
  • At least two persons who have family members affected by a condition for which newborn screening is or may be required, and
  • At least two health care providers (persons) who are involved in the delivery of newborn screening services, follow-up, or treatment in the state.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Beth Rider, committee support or call 512-776-3386.

Last updated August 2, 2017