Newborn Screening for Providers

Idaho state law requires the department's Newborn Screening (NBS) Program to test all infants born in Idaho for a number of rare but treatable disorders using a dried blood spot specimen. To make sure newborn screening tests are performed, Idaho Administrative Code designates practitioners as the responsible party for specimen collection. The definition of "practitioner" includes physicians, nurses, and midwives who deliver or care for infants in hospitals, birth centers, or homes.

Practitioners are integral to newborn screening in that they are responsible for collection and handling of specimens for every infant in their care, as well as parent education and prompt action on incomplete or abnormal results referred to them. If an infant is affected, the practitioner’s actions and decisions to ensure rapid evaluation and appropriate treatment can have lifelong implications for the infant and the family.

Important Announcement


The rulemaking sessions will be held virtually via Webex:

Thursday, March 14th, 2024

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. MT

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. MT


For newborn screening program related inquiries, call the Idaho Newborn Screening Program: 208-334-5962

To get newborn screening results for patients with NO clinical concerns, please send a fax with the following information to 208-334-4946:

  • First and last name of the child
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Mothers first and last name

For healthcare providers requesting expedited laboratory results for patients WITH clinical concerns (that show as pending on SRV) call: 866-660-9050

Newborn screening kits

The Idaho Newborn Screening Program strongly encourages providers to order newborn screening kits online through Access Idaho. 

Please allow two to three weeks for the delivery of kit orders. 

If you have any questions about your order, contact the Maternal and Child Health Section at 208-334-5962 or email


NOTE: The State of Idaho mandates two tests. See IDAPA 16.02.12- Newborn Screening for details. Babies can be screened up to 6 months of age. The specimen of a baby older than 6 months will only be accepted by written request from the public health lab.

Order newborn screening kits, free specimen envelopes, and free booklets

Washington newborn screening kit options

Washington State Public Health Lab information

Washington State Public Health Lab (newborn screening) 

1610 NE 150th St

Shoreline, WA 98155

Phone: 206-418-5410

Toll free: 866-660-9050

Fax: 206-363-1610


Lab receiving hours

Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday and Holiday (except Thanksgiving): 8 a.m. – noon

Sunday and Thanksgiving: Closed

* Newborn screening specimens received by 10 a.m. will be set up for testing the same day.

Single kits: $60.35
Double kits: $120.70
Triple kits: $120.70 (NICU Only)

Provider resources

PDF Document
Provides a wealth of information for the newborn screening practitioner including screening essentials, conditions included in the screening panel, summary of conditions, criteria for requesting follow-up specimens, screening practices, recommendations for specimen collection, unsatisfactory specimens, reporting results, problems in screening practice, educational services, fees and screening kit information, exemptions, and more.
Link to Webpage
A comprehensive list of all of the conditions and disorders the newborn screening program tests for.
Instructions on how to property fill out the Idaho newborn screening specimen collection kit card.
PowerPoint presentation
How to properly collect a blood spot specimen, handle, and ship specimens to the Newborn Screening Program, plus everything else a newborn screening provider needs to know about newborn screening in Idaho.
PowerPoint presentation
PowerPoint Slides for the Newborn Screening Data Dashboard Training.
YouTube video
Learn how to access Idaho Newborn Screening Program's Data Dashboard and get answers to other newborn screening questions. Please watch for more information
To access newborn screening results online, please refer to the documents found here.
YouTube video
The Idaho Newborn Screening Program informational webinar regarding ID Directory, shipping, and accessing NBS results from Washington state lab.
PowerPoint presentation
The PowerPoint slides for the Idaho Newborn Screening Program informational webinar regarding ID Directory, shipping, and accessing NBS results from Washington state lab.
Toolkit from Baby's First Test to help understand and communicate newborn screening results.
Additional procedures


Collect a specimen for the newborn screening test before giving blood to an infant. If there’s a transfusion before the first newborn screening specimen is collected, it can affect results for galactosemia, biotinidase deficiency, and hemoglobinopathies.

Parents who choose to not have newborn screening

  1. Should be provided with educational material regarding blood spot newborn screening
  2. Review the risk and benefits of blood spot newborn screening
  3. Sign a declination form for religious objection for the blood spot newborn screening
  4. Educate parents that a blood spot newborn screening can be collected up to 6 months of age
  5. Counsel parents about the Residual Blood Spot Specimen Return Form
Contact us
Idaho Newborn Screening Program

450 W. State St., 4th Floor
Boise, ID 83702
United States