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(1) Only those newborn screening blood tests performed by the department laboratory or a laboratory approved by the department meet the requirements of 50-19-201, 50-19-202, 50-19-203, and 50-19-204, MCA.

(2) Dried blood specimens remaining after newborn screening test completion are the property of the department laboratory and will be stored for one calendar year prior to destruction. Any dried blood specimens sent to a laboratory approved by the department for testing will be destroyed after one year by the approved laboratory. An exception is made for screening specimens with results that are out of range which may be kept for quality improvement and new method development within the laboratory. These specimens may be stored by the laboratory for an indefinite period of time.

History: 50-19-202, MCA; IMP, 50-19-203, MCA; Eff. 12/31/72; AMD, Eff. 5/6/74; AMD, 1985 MAR p. 1612, Eff. 11/1/85; TRANS, from DHES, 2001 MAR p. 398; AMD, 2003 MAR p. 1298, Eff. 7/1/03; AMD, 2008 MAR p. 44, Eff. 1/18/08; AMD, 2014 MAR p. 1411, Eff. 7/1/14.

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