Opening date: 29 December 2009
Closing date: 26 March 2010
Department: Office for National Statistics
This consultation briefly sets out the purpose and background of the National Congenital Anomaly System (NCAS) and outlines the current issues affecting the usefulness of the system. In the light of declining reporting rates and other factors, ONS is now considering the closure of NCAS. It is suggested that the best way forward lies in good quality data produced by regional congenital anomaly registers.
Specifically, ONS proposes to end the collection of congenital anomaly data on paper forms immediately; maintain the NCAS legacy computer system, without new developments, as long as it is needed; publish the annual figures for anomalies reported in 2008 as the final output from NCAS, and work with the Department of Health and other stakeholders towards a properly funded, comprehensive national system based on the work of the existing regional registries.
Please see Downloads to download the consultation document and the responses to the consultation.
The contact point for the consultation is:
Office for National Statistics
+44 (0)1633 455654