Newborn Screening Advisory Committee FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What law established the Newborn Screening (NBS) Advisory Committee?
A: The NBS Advisory Committee was established by House Bill (HB) 1795, 81st Texas Legislature (2009) also known as “Greyson’s Law” in memory of Greyson Morris, the son of William and Nicole Morris, who died in 2008 of Krabbe Disease.

Q: What does the NBS Committee do?
A: The committee advises the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on strategic planning, policy, rules, and services related to NBS and additional screening tests.

Q: How often does it meet?
A: The committee meets at least three times annually, once in person and twice by conference call.

Q: What is the term of committee members?
A: Initial members serve staggered terms of two to six years.  Future members will serve three year terms.

Q: Who can apply to become a committee member?
A: Depending on the position open at the time, health care providers, hospital representatives, persons who have a family member affected by a condition for which NBS is or may be required, and persons involved in the delivery of NBS services, follow-up, or treatment may apply.

Q: Who will make the appointments of the committee members?
A: The Commissioner of DSHS appoints members of the committee.

Q: Who serves on the committee?
A: For current members click here.

Last updated January 17, 2013