The BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program oversees prenatal screening for Down syndrome, trisomy 18, and open neural tube defects across the province.
We ensure there is a centralized, coordinated system to guide prenatal genetic screening across the province, measure outcomes, evaluate and disseminate new evidence/knowledge, and provide educational and informational materials to women and health care providers. We have also improved prenatal screening by introducing newer screens with increased detection rates and fewer false positive rates.
This section provides resources to assist health care providers in offering genetic screening in their medical practice. To navigate through this section, use the menu on the right (you can expand (+) or collapse (-) the menu as needed.
Current recommendations for screening and answers to frequently asked questions can also be found in:
NIPT is funded for women who meet one of the following criteria:
- has received a Positive Screen result from IPS, SIPS, or Quad;
- has had a previous trisomy 13, 18, or 21 pregnancy; or
- has a risk of Down syndrome greater than one in 300 based on results of screening and ultrasound marker(s) of aneuploidy.
For more information, please visit our NIPT page