Fetal Screening

The Molecular Diagnostics laboratory is now under the management of the H&I Function. There is no change to the services we provide, this includes the contact details for the laboratory, sample referral process or reporting.  The UKAS Extension to Scope to move Molecular Diagnostics activities from customer number 9765 (IBGRL) to 9239 (H&I) has been granted.

Fetal RHD screening test

(only available to customers in the UK and Ireland – a service-specific contract is required) 

IBGRL Molecular Diagnostics is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory (number 9765). We offer fetal RHD screening service to prevent unnecessary administration of anti-D prophylaxis. The test predicts fetal RhD status with high accuracy from a sample of maternal blood and will improve care for RhD-negative women in the UK and the Republic of Ireland by reducing the need to administer a blood product to healthy pregnant women.

IBGRL have optimised and automated the testing technology applied to pregnancies at risk of haemolytic disease of the fetus and new-born (HDFN) to enable high throughput fetal RHD screening of all D negative pregnant women, who have not formed immune anti-D or anti-G to guide antenatal anti-D prophylaxis. 

High-throughput non-invasive prenatal testing for fetal RHD genotype is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a cost-effective option to guide antenatal prophylaxis with anti-D immunoglobulin.

For further information about the fetal RHD screening test, please read our brochure.

This is not a diagnostic test for fetal RhD status for women who have made anti-D (or-G). Please refer to the management of pregnant women with alloantibodies.

Investigation Notes Samples required Accompanying form Turnaround times
Fetal RHD screening test Requires contract Minimum of 6mL EDTA blood FRM5197 (PDF 111KB)

FRM5197 guidance (PDF 159KB)

Within 10 business days

More information about our services

User guide

Download our user guide for referring samples to IBGRL Molecular Diagnostics

INF1259.7 fetal RHD screen User Guide (PDF 446 KB) This document will open in a new window

Have a question?

Please contact the laboratory or our business development manager for more information:

If you wish to set up a contract to send samples or would like to obtain information regarding the tests performed, please contact Erika Rutherford.

For all other enquiries, please contact Molecular Diagnostics.