Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 05-06-030.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 246-650 WAC, Newborn screening, establishes rules to detect, in newborns, congenital disorders leading to developmental impairment or physical disabilities as required by RCW 70.83.050.
Hearing Location(s): Seattle Airport Hilton and Conference Center, 17620 Pacific Highway South, Seattle, WA 98188-4001, on December 7, 2005, at 1:30 p.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: January 3, 2006.
Submit Written Comments to: Michael Glass, 1610 N.E. 150th, Shoreline, WA 98155, or email@example.com, e-mail http://www3.doh.wa.gov/policyreview, fax (206) 418-5415, by November 28, 2005.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Juli Terao-Fast by November 15, 2005, TTY 1-800-833-6388 or (206) 418-5537.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose is to revise WAC 246-650-010, 246-650-020 and 246-650-030, newborn screening to add cystic fibrosis to the definitions (WAC 246-650-010) and to the panel of required screening tests for all newborns (WAC 246-650-020) and to provide a timeline for implementation of screening for cystic fibrosis (WAC 246-650-030). Screening will be conducted by the Department of Health using the same dried blood spot specimen currently submitted by hospitals for screening for the nine conditions currently specified in WAC 246-650-020.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis is recommended by several national groups, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American College of Medical Genetics, the National March of Dimes and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Washington State Board of Health and Department of Health have convened two advisory committees to consider the evidence and make recommendations. The first committee consisted of experts in public health and cystic fibrosis who were convened to review the medical/technical evidence. The group found that cystic fibrosis met the technical requirements of the board's criteria for adding disorders to the newborn screening program. Subsequently, a broadly representative group of stakeholders was convened to consider all of the evidence. After reviewing the evidence and issues, this committee has recommended that cystic fibrosis be added to the disorders for which all infants born in our state must be screened.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 70.83.050.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 70.83.020.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Washington State Board of Health, and Department of Health, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Michael Glass, 1610 N.E. 150th, Shoreline, WA 98155.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rule does not impose any costs on small businesses, and therefore a small business economic impact statement is not required under RCW 19.85.030.
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Ala Mofidi, P.O. Box 47890, Olympia, WA 98504-7890, phone (360) 236-4055, fax (360) 586-7424, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 2, 2005
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-24-026, filed 11/24/03, effective 12/25/03)
WAC 246-650-010 Definitions. For the purposes of this chapter:
(1) "Board" means the Washington state board of health.
(2) "Biotinidase deficiency" means a deficiency of an enzyme (biotinidase) that facilitates the body's recycling of biotin. The result is biotin deficiency, which if undetected and untreated, may result in severe neurological damage or death.
(3) "Congenital adrenal hyperplasia" means a severe disorder of adrenal steroid metabolism which may result in death of an infant during the neonatal period if undetected and untreated.
(4) "Congenital hypothyroidism" means a disorder of thyroid function during the neonatal period causing impaired mental functioning if undetected and untreated.
(5) "Cystic fibrosis" means a life-shortening disease caused by mutations in the gene encoding the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), a transmembrane protein involved in ion transport. Affected individuals suffer from chronic, progressive pulmonary disease and nutritional deficits. Early detection and enrollment in a comprehensive care system provides improved outcomes and avoids the significant nutritional and growth deficits that are evident when diagnosed later.
(6) "Department" means the Washington state department of health.
(6))) (7) "Galactosemia" means a deficiency of enzymes
that help the body convert the simple sugar galactose into
glucose resulting in a buildup of galactose and galactose-1-PO4
in the blood. If undetected and untreated, accumulated
galactose-1-PO4 may cause significant tissue and organ damage
often leading to sepsis and death.
(7))) (8) "Hemoglobinopathy" means a hereditary blood
disorder caused by genetic alteration of hemoglobin which
results in characteristic clinical and laboratory
abnormalities and which leads to developmental impairment or
(9) "Homocystinuria" means deficiency of enzymes necessary to break down or recycle the amino acid homocysteine resulting in a buildup of methionine and homocysteine. If undetected and untreated may cause thromboembolism, mental and physical disabilities.
(8))) (10) "Maple syrup urine disease" (MSUD) means
deficiency of enzymes necessary to breakdown the branch
chained amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine resulting
in a buildup of these and metabolic intermediates in the
blood. If undetected and untreated may result in mental and
physical retardation or death.
(9))) (11) "Medium chain acyl-coA dehydrogenase
deficiency" (MCADD) means deficiency of an enzyme (medium
chain acyl-coA dehydrogenase) necessary to breakdown medium
chain length fatty acids. If undetected and untreated,
fasting, infection or stress may trigger acute hypoglycemia
leading to physical and neurological damage or death.
(10))) (12) "Newborn" means an infant born in a
hospital in the state of Washington prior to discharge from
the hospital of birth or transfer.
(11))) (13) "Newborn screening specimen/information
form" means the information form provided by the department
including the filter paper portion and associated dried blood
spots. A specimen/information form containing patient
information is "Health care information" as defined by the
Uniform Healthcare Information Act, RCW 70.02.010(6).
(12) "Phenylketonuria" (PKU) means a deficiency of an
enzyme necessary to convert the amino acid phenylalanine into
tyrosine resulting in a buildup of phenylalanine in the blood.
If undetected and untreated may cause severely impaired
(13) "Hemoglobinopathy" means a hereditary blood disorder caused by genetic alteration of hemoglobin which results in characteristic clinical and laboratory abnormalities and which leads to developmental impairment or physical disabilities.))
(14) "Phenylketonuria" (PKU) means a deficiency of an enzyme necessary to convert the amino acid phenylalanine into tyrosine resulting in a buildup of phenylalanine in the blood. If undetected and untreated may cause severely impaired mental functioning.
(15) "Significant screening test result" means a laboratory test result indicating a suspicion of abnormality and requiring further diagnostic evaluation of the involved infant for the specific disorder.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 70.83, 43.20 RCW. 03-24-026, § 246-650-010, filed 11/24/03, effective 12/25/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as § 246-650-010, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.20 and 70.83 RCW. 91-01-032 (Order 114B), § 248-103-010, filed 12/11/90, effective 1/11/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 and 70.83.050. 87-11-040 (Order 303), § 248-103-010, filed 5/18/87.]
(a) Inform parents or responsible parties, by providing a departmental information pamphlet or by other means, of:
(i) The purpose of screening newborns for congenital disorders,
(ii) Disorders of concern as listed in WAC 246-650-020(2),
(iii) The requirement for newborn screening, and
(iv) The legal right of parents or responsible parties to refuse testing because of religious tenets or practices as specified in RCW 70.83.020, and
(v) The specimen storage, retention and access requirements specified in WAC 246-650-050.
(b) Obtain a blood specimen for laboratory testing as specified by the department from each newborn prior to discharge from the hospital or, if not yet discharged, no later than five days of age.
(c) Use department-approved newborn screening specimen/information forms and directions for obtaining specimens.
(d) Enter all identifying and related information required on the specimen/information form following directions of the department.
(e) In the event a parent or responsible party refuses to allow newborn screening, obtain signatures from parents or responsible parties on the department specimen/information form.
(f) Forward the specimen/information form with dried blood spots or signed refusal to the Washington state public health laboratory no later than the day after collection or refusal signature.
(2) Upon receipt of specimens, the department shall:
(a) Perform appropriate screening tests for:
Phenylketonuria)) Biotinidase deficiency,
congenital hypothyroidism, congenital adrenal hyperplasia,
(( and hemoglobinopathies,)) galactosemia, homocystinuria,
hemoglobinopathies, maple syrup urine disease, medium chain
acyl-coA dehydrogenase deficiency, and phenylketonuria;
Biotinidase deficiency, galactosemia,
homocystinuria, maple syrup urine disease and medium chain
acyl-coA dehydrogenase deficiency)) Cystic fibrosis according
to the schedule in WAC 246-650-030;
(b) Report significant screening test results to the infant's attending physician or family if an attending physician cannot be identified; and
(c) Offer diagnostic and treatment resources of the department to physicians attending infants with presumptive positive screening tests within limits determined by the department.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 70.83, 43.20 RCW. 03-24-026, § 246-650-020, filed 11/24/03, effective 12/25/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 and 70.83.050. 92-02-019 (Order 225B), § 246-650-020, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as § 246-650-020, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.20 and 70.83 RCW. 91-01-032 (Order 114B), § 248-103-020, filed 12/11/90, effective 1/11/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 and 70.83.050. 87-11-040 (Order 303), § 248-103-020, filed 5/18/87.]
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 70.83, 43.20 RCW. 03-24-026, § 246-650-030, filed 11/24/03, effective 12/25/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as § 246-650-030, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.20 and 70.83 RCW. 91-01-032 (Order 114B), § 248-103-040, filed 12/11/90, effective 1/11/91.]