The potential advantages of combined screening for Down’s syndrome, integrating the mother’s age, nuchal translucency measurement and seric markers, are obvious: to maintain the same awareness of Down’s syndrome screening whilst reducing the number of false positives. This type of screening, which calculates the combined risk, cannot be envisaged without guaranteeing the quality of the data used. Quality control for biochemical examinations has long been established. Measuring nuchal translucency has become compulsory. Those professionals involved must adhere to this rule via an Evaluation of Professional Practices (E.P.P.).
Indeed, the aim of the E.P.P. proposed by the Collège Français d’Echographie Fœtale is to establish quality control for this examination and, more especially, to help each and every ultrasonographer to improve his individual practice. This action is intended as a training measure rather than a standard ruling.
The E.P.P. is open to all health professionals who perform fœtal scans, whether they be members of the Collège Français d’Echographie Fœtale or not.
It is free for all members of the CFEF who are up-to-date with their subscription, but a 75 € participation fee is required from professionals who are not members of the CFEF?.
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