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Protocol for the health technology assessment of the addition of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to the National Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme

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The National Screening Advisory Committee (NSAC) was established by the Minister for Health as an independent advisory committee to play a significant strategic role in the development and consideration of population-based screening programmes in Ireland. At the request of the Department of Health, the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) directorate within the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) undertakes evidence synthesis and provides evidence-based advice to NSAC on behalf of the Minister for Health.

 
In January 2023, NSAC requested that HIQA undertake a health technology assessment of the potential addition of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to the National Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme in Ireland. The protocol document outlines the evidence synthesis approach that HIQA’s evaluation team will use to complete this piece of work.
 

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