Revision process for the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health

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The European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) is happy to announce the first revision of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health (ESCNH). The revision period corresponds to the lifecycle, which was assigned to every standard during its development to ensure that each standard is in line with most recent evidence. Seven additional standards were found to require an update due to recommendations given by Chair Committee members in the voting process or because new guidelines were available. In conclusion, there are 20 standards that need revision in 2021.

In line with contemporary literature (1–4), EFCNI set up a public and an expert consultation for the respective standards to facilitate the revision process.

The public consultation gives professionals that already participated in the ESCNH as Topic Expert Group (TEG) members, parent organisations and further stakeholders such as professional/international organisations and industry partners the chance to provide feedback on the ESCNH in order to further improve quality. Additionally, EFCNI wants to ensure that the wider community has the opportunity to contribute and form the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health. The consultation period will run from the beginning of August 2021 until mid October 2021. The consultation uses an online survey, which can be accessed via the links provided below.

For the expert consultation, independent specialists are invited to review one of the standards currently under revision to increase general acceptance and ensure the conclusiveness of evidence. EFCNI aims at consulting one to two experts per standard. The expert consultation phase will be conducted simultaneously to the public consultation and is accompanied by an online questionnaire.

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

After both consultation phases have ended, all feedback will be consolidated by the medical director and the project coordinator at EFCNI. For reasons of transparency, all comments will be published after the revision process on this website. Respondents can request that their contribution will not be published, when stating ample justification. In accordance with our privacy policy, names are displayed only if approved by the respondents.

Following the consultation phase, the first authors of the original standards will receive the consolidated comments of both consultations. They will then review the comments and revise the standard in agreement with their co-authors. Once a revised draft of the standard is available, the respective TEG chairs are asked for proof of content. The corresponding Chair Committee voting, which requires an 80% majority for the update to be passed, will be held thereafter, if needed, in accordance with the original developing process.

The following European Standards of Care for Newborn Health require an update in 2021

Status: closed

Curious about the results? Read on here.

Medical care & clinical practice

Care procedures

Infant- & family-centred development care


Follow-up & continuing care

Patient safety & hygiene practice

Education & training

For further information on the revision process or the ESCNH you can contact us via email at

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