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Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS)

Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS) also know as Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) is a relatively new non-invasive blood test that measures the amount of cell-free fetal DNA circulating in maternal serum. NIPS accurately measures the quantity variance of fetal and maternal chromosomal material and provides a screen risk for Down syndrome (trisomy 21), trisomy 18, and trisomy 13. The Down syndrome detection rate is >99% with a false positive rate of 0.1%. 

Use the tabs below for more information on Funded NIPS and Self-Pay NIPS.
Funded NIPS

Funded NIPS for Women at High Risk

Funded NIPS is offered only through Dynacare for women who meet one of the following criteria:

  1. has received a Positive Screen result from IPS, SIPS, or Quad; 
  2. has had a previous trisomy 13, 18, or 21 pregnancy; or
  3. 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 and instructions on how to order NIPS, please read:

Note: The patient does not need an appointment, but the requisition must be completed fully, including the authorization code, and must be signed by the ordering health care provider AND SIGNED by the PATIENT to avoid delays in results. 

Health Care Provider Counselling Tool: 

Comparison of NIPS and Amniocentesis 

Collection Sites

Funded NIPS collection sites are listed below. Download a printable version. Check the list often as additional locations become available.

Sites vary in NIPS collection days. Please call them directly to confirm what days/times they are open for collecting blood for NIPS.

Note: *Operational Changes to respond to COVID-19.

Abbotsford Regional Hospital & Cancer Centre

32900 Marshal Road, Abbotsford
P: 604-851-4700 ext. 644851
Mon-Fri, 7:00 am-4:00 pm

Gateway Medical Lab

106-2051 McCallum Road, Abbotsford
P: 604-870-7555 
Mon-Fri, 6:30 am-4:30 pm

Chilliwack General Hospital

45600 Menholm Road, Chilliwack
P: 604-795-4141 ext. 614108
Mon-Fri, 7:30 am-4:00 pm

Sardis Outpatient Lab

5–6014 Vedder Road, Chilliwack
P: 604-824-9627 
Mon-Fri, 7:00 am-4:00 pm

Langley Memorial Hospital

22051 Fraser Highway, Langley

P: 604-533-6403

Mon-Fri 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Ridge Meadows Hospital

11666 Laity Street, Main floor, Maple Ridge
P: 604-870-7555 
Mon-Fri, 8:00 am-3:30 pm

Royal Columbian Hospital

330 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
P: 604-520-4300
Mon-Fri, 7:30 am-3:00 pm

Eagle Ridge Hospital

475 Guildford Way, Port Moody
P: 604-469-3143
Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre

9750 140th Street, Surrey
P: 604-582-4555
Mon-fri, 7:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat-Sun stats, 9:00 am-5:00 pm 

Surrey Memorial Hospital

13750 96th Avenue, Surrey 
P: 604-588-3324
Mon-Fri, 7:30 am-5:00 pm

Peace Arch Hospital

15521 Russell Ave, White Rock

P: 604-535-4500 ext. 757623

Mon-Fri 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Hospital Outpatient Labs

See the list of Interior Health hospital outpatient labs: Services - Location listing page | Interior Health

Phone the local lab prior to booking an appointment to inquire about specific collection days and times. 

For locations with appointments, book at: or call 1-844-870-4756.


Valley Medical Laboratories

Various locations in Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, and Osoyoos. Visit Valley Medical Labs website for addresses.

North Island Hospital Campbell River Hospital (CRH) - Medical Laboratory 

375 2nd Avenue, Campbell River
P: 250-370-8355 or 1-866-370-8355
Mon-Fri, 6:30 am-5:00 pm
Sat, 7:30 am-1:30 pm

North Island Hospital Comox Valley Outpatient Laboratory

101 Lerwick Road, Courtenay
P: 866-370-8355
Mon-Fri, 6:30 am-5:00 pm
Sat, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital  Medical Laboratory Satellite Lab

1200 Dufferin Crescent, Nanaimo
P: 250-370-8355 or 1-866-370-8355
Mon-Fri, Closed (due to COVID19)
Sat-sun, 8:00 am-2:00 pm

Cowichan District Hospital - Out Patient Laboratory

P: 250-737-2030 
3045 Gibbins Road, Duncan
Mon-Fri 7:00 am-3:00 pm

Victoria General Hospital

1 Hospital Way, Victoria
P: 250-370-8355 or 1-866-370-8355
Mon-Fri, 7:00 am-5:00 pm

Dawson Creek & District Hospital

11100 13th Street, Dawson Creek
P: 250-784-7340
Appointments only
Mon-Fri, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Fort Nelson General Hospital

5315 Liard Street, Fort Nelson
P: 250-774-8100
Appointments only
Mon-Fri, 8:00 am-2:00 pm

Fort St. John General Hospital & Peace Villa

8407 112 Avenue, Fort St. John
P: 250-261-7616
Appointments only
Mon-Fri, 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Sat, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Prince Rupert Regional Hospital

1305 Summit Avenue, Prince Rupert
P: 250-622-6173
Appointments only
Mon-Fri, 7:45 am-4:00 pm

Prince George - University Hospital of Northern BC

1475 Edmonton Street, Prince George
P: 250-565-2000
Appointments only
Mon-Fri, 7:45 am-6:45 pm
Sat-Sun, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Statutory Holidays 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm but closed on Good Friday; Labour Day and Christmas Day.

Quesnel - G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital

543 Front Street, Quesnel
P: 250-991-7580
Mon-Fri, 7:00 am-5:00 pm

Terrace - Mills Memorial Hospital

4720 Haugland Avenue, Terrace
P: 250-635-2211
Drop-in only
Mon-Fri, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Lions Gate Hospital

231 15th Street E, North Vancouver
P: 604-984-5755
Mon-Fri, 7 am-3 pm

Powell River General Hospital Laboratory
5000 Joyce Avenue, Powell River
P: 604-485-3266
Mon-Fri, 7:30 am-3 pm

Richmond Hospital Laboratory

7000 Westminster Highway, Richmond 
P: 604-244-5295
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sechelt Hospital Laboratory

5544 Sunshine Coast Highway, Sechelt
P: 604-885-8603
Tues-Fri, 8 am-3 pm

Squamish General Hospital
38140 Behrner Drive, Squamish
P: 604-892-6040
Mon-Sat, 8 am-4 pm

BC Childrens and BC Women’s Hospital

4480 Oak Street, Vancouver
P: 604-875-2139
Mon-Fri, 7:00 am-6:00 pm

St. Pauls Hospital Laboratory

Providence Building, 2nd Floor
1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver 
P: 604-806-8626
Mon-Fri, 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Sat-Sun, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

UBC Hospital Laboratory

Koerner Pavilion, Room M210
2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
P: 604-822-7271
Mon-Fri, 8 am-4:45 pm

Vancouver General Hospital Outpatient Laboratory

Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver
P: 604-875-4111 ext 61017
Mon-Fri, 7 am-4:45 pm

Whistler Health Care Centre Laboratory

4380 Lorimer Road, Whistler
P: 604-932-4911
Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-4 pm

Self-Pay NIPS

Self-Pay NIPS

Women who do not meet criteria for funded NIPS but who are interested in NIPS have the option of self-pay NIPS. The cost to the patient varies depending on the NIPS test vendor that is used.

Health care providers should counsel patients that national and international societies recommend against screening for microdeletions due to poor sensitivity and low predictive value.

Learn more about self-pay NIPS and options in BC.

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