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Office of Newborn Screening

Testing & Specimen Collection

Our office is responsible for all newborn screening in Arizona and includes both bloodspot and hearing. This section deals with best practice guidelines related to bloodspot collection using a filter paper collection device (e.g., a kit).

The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) publishes a guideline for specimen collection (LA4-A5, Vol. 27 No. 20: Blood Collection on Filter Paper for Newborn Screening Programs; Approved Standard - Fifth Edition). It is accompanied by a DVD entitled, Making a Difference Through Newborn Screening: Blood Collection on Filter Paper. The Office of Newborn Screening offers the following for staff training.