Health Professionals 


On July 1, 2008, Arkansas increased the number of conditions screened for in newborns from six to 28. The conditions now screened for are recommended by the American College of Medical Genetics and endorsed by the March of Dimes and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The revisions to the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Testing of Newborn Infants were adopted on November 1, 2007, with an effective date of July 1, 2008.

Downloads and Information
Newborn Screening Video
Arkansas Children’s Hospital: Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening
Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD)Screening Act 768, 2013

Baby's First Test 

Conditions Tested for in Arkansas
Proposal for Expanded Newborn Screening in Arkansas
Parent Fact Sheets for Results/Conditions
Parents Frequently Asked Questions
Family Support
Newborn Screening in Arkansas Report: 2009 | 2010 | 2011  | 2012 | 2013
Spring 2015
Summer 2014
Spring 2014
Fall 2013
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Spring 2013

Newborn screening sampling:

Blood specimens should be collected before newborns go home from the hospital. If the baby is not born in the hospital, a blood sample should be obtained by the baby’s doctor or the local health unit by the seventh day of life.

Specimen Collection Check-list for Nurseries

Newborn Screening Recommended Follow Up:

If an abnormal result is obtained, the Newborn Screening Nurses (NBSN) will contact the baby’s doctor. The lab results will be faxed to the office of the doctor of record by the NBSN.  Information on needed follow-up testing will also be provided in that fax by the Newborn Screening Medical Director in consultation with UAMS specialists.

Genetic Health

If you are interested having a speaker come to talk with your agency about inherited conditions of babies, children, and adults, please contact us at 1-866-769-9043.

Arkansas Genetic Health Committee Meeting Minutes

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Rules and Regulations