The European Standards of Care for Newborn Health (ESCNH) are an interdisciplinary European collaboration to develop and update standards of care for key topics in newborn health. More than 220 healthcare professionals of different professions, parent representatives, and selected industry specialists from over 30 countries joined forces. The ESCNH focus on the treatment and care of preterm and sick newborn babies from hospital to school age.
Initiated by the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI), the ESCNH serve as a reference for developing binding national guidelines, protocols, or laws (depending on the local situation).
Thanks to the hard work by the Italian Society of Neonatology (SIN) and Vivere ONLUS, the Italian National Coordination of Parents’ Associations, the entire ESCNH have been translated into Italian, with Italy becoming the first European country to make this important document available in their national language. The translation also represents a joint effort and an unprecedented collaboration between a parents’ representative and a scientific society. With the aim to spread the standards in the most effective way and hoping to represent a model for other countries, SIN and Vivere ONLUS would like to sincerely thank the EFCNI team, all the translators, and coordinators, without whom this massive work of translation would not have been possible.
If you want to learn more about the project, why it was developed, and who is involved, head over to the About section.
If you want to find out more about the science behind the standards themselves, how they are developed, and how quality is ensured, take a look at our Methods page.
Existing standards are regularly revised and updated, and new standards are added as well. We explain the processes on our Lifecycle pages.