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In 2018, the first set of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health (ESCNH) was published and officially launched in Brussels. Despite being a comprehensive set of standards grouped in eleven overarching topics, the ESCNH are not fully finalised but rather should be regarded as a living document, which is regularly updated and expanded/shortened, if needed.

More details on the regular revision of the ESCNH and the development of new standards can be found below.

Are you interested in shaping the ESCNH?

If you are interested in becoming an independent reviewer for the current/future revisions of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health or if are interested in developing new standards, you can send us an email to

Please click on the icons below to select one of the standard topics:

Birth & transfer
Ethical decisions
NICU design
Care procedures
Follow-up & continuing care
Data collection & documentation
Infant- & family-centred developmental care
Patient safety & hygiene practice
Education & training
Medical care & clinical practice