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Ultrasound Screening for Fetal Abnormalities Working Party

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 M55
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: Ultrasound Screening for Fetal Abnormalities Working Party
Date(s): 1994-2000
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
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Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

The working party was established in 1995, following discussions with the Department of Health, with the following terms of reference: 1) 'To identify current trends in the routine use of ultrasound for screening in obstetrics; 2) to consider existing literature on routine ultrasound screening for fetal abnormalities with respect to its safety, accuracy, costs and psychological effects; 3) on the basis of the above, to reach recommendations concerning best practice, areas of continuing controversy, within the areas of controversy, those which might be amenable to research'. (Ref: Terms of reference in M55/1). The working party, under the chairmanship of Professor M J Whittle FRCOG, produced a consultation document in March 1997, which was widely circulated for comment. The final report of the working party was produced in October 1997. In 1998 the working party was reconvened as a supplementary working group to establish a minimum standard for screening; it produced its report in July 2000.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence, papers and final report of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists working party on ultrasound screening for fetal abnormalities, 1994-1997, and of the supplementary working group, 1998-2000.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Published reports open. Remaining material open 20 years after last date on file.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: vested in the College.

Finding aids:

A general index to the files listed in the catalogue of the Archives of the RCOG is maintained in the College Archives; refer to the College Archivist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were transferred to the College Archives in 1998 and 2000 by the Committee Secretary, Administration Department.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Earlier RCOG recommendations on ultrasound equipment for obstetric use, n.d. (Ref:B10/3/234); records of an earlier SAC working party on routine ultrasound examination in pregnancy: report, related correspondence and press clippings 1981-1984 (Ref: B10/9/8); a report of the Ethics Committee entitled a consideration of the law and ethics in relation to later termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormality, RCOG Press, March 1998 (Ref: B15/3/5); report of a joint working party of the RCOG and RCPCH, Fetal abnormalities: guidelines for screening, diagnosis and management, Sept 1997 (Ref: C4/13); records of a RCOG and Royal College of Radiologists working party on ultrasound, 1985-1997 (Ref: C9).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Clare Cowling, Archivist, RCOG

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000

Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2002; Apr 2002.

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