Further expansions of SMA newborn screening programme across Europe

SMA newborn screening has now been added to the screening programme in Galicia, Spain with screening expected to start by the end of 2022. Three other regions (Valencia & Sevilla, Malaga, and Madrid) are also currently undertaking pilots for SMA newborn screening. Meanwhile, the Southern Denmark health region, which is one of five regions, decided to start screening for SMA for all the babies born in the region, with screening expected to start autumn 2022. This means there are now 39 countries across Europe that have either rolled newborn screening for SMA out nationally or are undergoing pilots to inform decision making about national programmes.