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 were 20 standards that needed 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 ran from the beginning of August 2021 until mid October 2021 and the consultation was conducted via an online survey.
For the expert consultation, independent specialists were invited to review one of the standards currently under revision to increase general acceptance and ensure the conclusiveness of evidence. EFCNI aimed at consulting one to two experts per standard. The expert consultation phase was conducted simultaneously to the public consultation and was 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the consultation phase, the first authors of the original standards received the consolidated comments of both consultations. They then reviewed the comments and revised the standards in agreement with their co-authors. Once a revised draft of the standard was available, the respective TEG chairs were asked for proof of content. The corresponding Chair Committee voting, which required an 80% majority for the update to be passed, was held in June and July 2022 for 8 majorly revised standards, in accordance with the original developing process.
The results of the public consultation can be downloaded per standard by clicking on the respective standard below.
A summary of the results can be found here.
For further information on the revision process or the ESCNH you can contact us via email at email@example.com.