DPH: Statutes & Public Health Code
Newborn Screening

Statutes & Public Health Code

{*} CT General Statutes, Sec. 19a-55 Newborn infant health screening. Tests required. Fees. Regulations. Exemptions.

(a) The administrative officer or other person in charge of each institution caring for newborn infants shall cause to have administered to every such infant in its care an HIV-related test, as defined in section 19a-581, a test for phenylketonuria and other metabolic diseases, hypothyroidism, galactosemia, sickle cell disease, maple syrup urine disease, homocystinuria, biotinidase deficiency, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and such other tests for inborn errors of metabolism as shall be prescribed by the Department of Public Health. The tests shall be administered as soon after birth as is medically appropriate. If the mother has had an HIV-related test pursuant to section 19a-90 or 19a-593, the person responsible for testing under this section may omit an HIV-related test. The Commissioner of Public Health shall (1) administer the newborn screening program, (2) direct persons identified through the screening program to appropriate specialty centers for treatments, consistent with any applicable confidentiality requirements, and (3) set the fees to be charged to institutions to cover all expenses of the comprehensive screening program including testing, tracking and treatment. The fees to be charged pursuant to subdivision (3) of this section shall be set at a minimum of twenty-eight dollars. The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, specifying the abnormal conditions to be tested for and the manner of recording and reporting results. On or before January 1, 2004, such regulations shall include requirements for testing for amino acid disorders, organic acid disorders and fatty acid oxidation disorders, including, but not limited to, long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl CoA dehydrogenase (L-CHAD) and medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD).

(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any infant whose parents object to the test or treatment as being in conflict with their religious tenets and practice.


{*} State of Connecticut-Public Health Code-Provisions for Newborn Screening Sec. 19-13-D41. (UNDER REVISION) Tests of infants for phenylketonuria and metabolic errors. 

Unless the parents object, the administrator or other person in charge of any institution providing medical care of infants twenty-eight days or less of age shall cause to be taken from each such infant a blood specimen or specimens satisfactory for tests for phenylketonuria and other inborn errors of metabolism, subject to the following conditions: (a) Materials for the collection of specimens shall be of a type furnished by or acceptable to the state department of health; (b) Specimens shall not be collected until at least twenty-four hours after the first milk feeding of the infant unless discharged sooner, in which case specimens shall be taken not earlier than three hours before discharge; (c) Specimens shall be submitted to the laboratory division of the state department of health, or to a laboratory approved for the purpose by the state department of health, within forty-eight hours after collection; (d) Laboratory tests shall be made according to methods approved by the state department of health; (e) Information accompanying each specimen shall be sufficient to identify for future reference the infant from whom taken; (f) Results of tests shall be transmitted to the state department of public health within twenty-four hours after test on forms provided for the purpose; (g) Records of tests shall clearly indicate the tests performed and the results thereof and shall be maintained for a period of five years.


{*} SEC. 19-13-D42. Objection of parents to test 

If the parents of an infant object in writing to a test for phenylketonuria and other inborn errors of metabolism, as being in conflict with their religious tenets and practice, such fact shall be reported to the state department of health and a statement on a form provided by the state department of health signed by the parents shall be made a part of the infant's hospital record.



{*} How to contact us  


For additional information about the Newborn Screening Program or Genetics, contact:  


Dr. Katherine A. Kelley Public Health Laboratory

Connecticut Department of Public Health

395 West Street 

Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067-3503

Phone (860) 920-6500    Fax (860) 920-6718

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