The UK NSC recommendation on Lead poisoning screening in children

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed April 2018
Next review due in 2021/22
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?

The 2013 review found:

  • The number of people affected by lead poisoning had been declining for many years. Very few children were affected by it in the UK.
  • The test was not reliable enough.
  • There was a lack of proven treatments for lead poisoning, especially for children only slightly affected and those treatments may have been 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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Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

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.

Related documents

icon Lead_Poisoning_Screening_Review_(2013) (PDF document, 547KB, 09/10/17)
icon Summary and consultation responses on screening for lead poisoning (PDF document, 182KB, 19/12/13)
icon Summary_and_Consultation_Responses_for_Lead_Poisoning (2013) (PDF document, 182KB, 09/10/17)
icon UK NSC Review of Lead Poisoning Screening in Children (PDF document, 205KB, 19/12/13)

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