The UK NSC recommendation on Lead poisoning screening in children

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed December 2013
Next review due in 2016/17
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?

The review found:

  • The number of people affected by lead poisoning has been declining for many years. Very few children are now affected by it in the UK.
  • The current test is not reliable enough.
  • There is a lack of proven treatments for lead poisoning, especially for children only slightly affected and these may even be harmful in these children.

More about Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning is a medical condition caused by increased levels of the metal lead in the blood.

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Royal College of General Practitioners

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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