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Bacterial vaginosis (policy currently in consultation)

The UK NSC policy on Bacterial vaginosis screening in pregnancy



This policy is currently being reviewed as part of the UK NSC's regular review cycle of all policies.

The review process began in May 2012 and is estimated to be completed by Nov 2014.

» Download the expert review for Bacterial vaginosis (PDF document, 1.38MB)

The UK NSC welcomes comments and feedback on the expert review during the consultation period that lasts from 17/07/2014 until 17/10/2014. Please send comments to Screening Evidence by e-mail using this feedback form.

Please note that all consultation submissions will be published on this page when the policy review is complete. Full details can be found in the confidentiality and disclosure section at the bottom of this page.

Type Antenatal
Previous policy
Systematic population screening programme not recommended

Screening for this condition should not be offered.


What is screening?

Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition. It is important to ensure that the benefits and downsides of screening have been properly thought through. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is responsible for reviewing screening policies every 3 years and making recommendations to ministers in the 4 UK countries about whether to not a screening programme for a certain condition should be set up.

» Find out more about screening, the role of the UK NSC or the policy review process

More about Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge in women of childbearing age. The condition occurs when there is a change in the natural bacterial balance in the vagina.

» Read more about bacterial vaginosis on NHS Choices

Policy stakeholders

British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
The Family Planning Association
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the policy is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More about the policy review process, including the role of stakeholders, can be found in the guide to Engaging with the UK NSC's policy review process.

Related documents

icon Preterm birth evidence review - consultation version (PDF document, 1.38MB, 21/07/14)

Confidentiality and disclosure

The UK NSC aims to publish all responses to policy consultations in full. However we realise that some respondents may wish to remain anonymous. The consultation feedback form enables respondents to specify that their name should not be made public.

The UK NSC operates in accordance with the access to information regimes (primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004). As such it will always be necessary to remove patient identifiable information, even if permission to publish this has been specifically given.

If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this, it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the UK National Screening Committee.

The UK National Screening Committee will process your personal data in accordance with the DPA and, in most circumstances, this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.

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