1492 – Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT)

Page last updated: 01 April 2020

Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

Non-invasive prenatal testing through the analysis of cell free fetal DNA is a major technological advancement in testing for fetal aneuploidy.

Description of Medical Condition

The medical conditions relevant to the proposed service are conditions such as Down syndrome, Edward syndrome, Patau syndrome and Turner syndrome that arise where the number of chromosomes present in the patient is abnormal (aneuploidy). Prenatal screening is a routine medical service for a pregnant woman to evaluate her personal risk of fetal aneuploidy. These aneuploidies include but are not limited to; trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edward syndrome), trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome) and monosomy X (Turner syndrome).

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

1458 & 1461

Associated Documentation

Application Form


Consultation Survey

Consultation Survey (PDF 305 KB)
Consultation Survey (Word 508 KB)

PICO Confirmation

Ratified PICO Confirmation (PDF 794 KB)
Ratified PICO Confirmation (Word 694 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document - July 2018 (PDF 1163 KB)
Public Summary Document - July 2018 (Word 1169 KB)

Public Summary Document - November 2019 (PDF 489 KB)
Public Summary Document - November 2019(Word 103 KB)

Meetings for this Application


8 December 2016


8 June 2018
10-11 October 2019


26-27 July 2018
28-29 November 2019

Stakeholder Meeting

Tuesday 6 November 2018, members of MSAC, clinicians with experience and expertise in obstetrics and gynaecology, pathology, clinical genetics and genetic counselling; representatives of the applicant; representatives from consumer organisations; and representatives from the Department of Health met to discuss Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) for Common Trisomies (21, 18 and 13). This was not an MSAC decision forum, but a meeting that would inform the issues considered by MSAC, following its July 2018 consideration of application 1492. The final minutes of this meeting are below.

Final Stakeholder Meeting Minutes (PDF 320 KB)
Final Stakeholder Meeting Minutes (Word 64 KB)