UK National Screening Committee

The UK National Screening Committee was established in July 1996 to advise the Secretary of State for Health on new and existing population screening technologies and programmes. The committee published its first report in 1998, where it developed a framework for screening.

In its first year, the committee advised the Secretary of State against introducing a national screening programme for prostate cancer as the evidence on effectiveness was limited.

The committee suggested that the introduction of prostatic cancer screening would carry an unacceptable risk of more harm resulting than good.


National Screening Committee.
First report of the National Screening Committee.
Department of Health; 1998.