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Texas State Statute:
opens new window Texas: Health and Safety Code §33.0111 et seq.
Use of Residual Newborn Screening Specimens Reports, records, and information obtained by the health department for newborn screening that do not identify a child or the family of a child will not be released for public health research purposes unless a parent, managing conservator, or guardian of the child consents to disclosure. Newborn screening blood spots and associated data are confidential under law and may only be used as specified. If a family consents to disclosure of nonidentifiable reports, records and information for public health research, any subsequent disclosures must be approved by an IRB or privacy board of the health department and the Health Commissioner or his or her designee. Research for public health purposes is defined to include purposes that relate to cancer, a birth defect, an infectious disease, a chronic disease, environmental exposure, or newborn screening.

Last Reviewed: May 25, 2018