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Streptococcus: Screening

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1328W, on Streptococcus screening, when he expects to receive a response from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. (199381)

NICE has not been asked to appraise the enriched culture method (ECM) test for Group B Streptococcus (GBS). NICE is currently revising the approach it takes in considering proposals for appraisals of diagnostics, including the proposal to appraise the ECM test for GBS. NICE’s future approach for considering proposals for appraisals of diagnostics is expected to be considered by NICE’s Board and the Department this year. NICE will consider the suitability of the proposed appraisal of the ECM test for GBS for referral to its work programme following the agreement of a new approach.