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Nuchal Translucency Quality Assurance (NTQA)

Nuchal Translucency Quality Assurance (NTQA) Registration
Quality assurance is integral to any screening process. Prenatal Screening Ontario is mandated to ensure that prenatal screening in Ontario is held to high quality standards. Please see the options below to register for a BORN login under your existing NT ID number or to register for a new NT ID number.

For further important information on NTQA in Ontario please see the Prenatal Screening Ontario website NTQA information.

Note:    All sonographers and physicians who provide NT measurements for prenatal screening are being asked to register with BORN and Prenatal Screening Ontario, and to access their NTQA audit curve.  Registration will require providing up to date contact information so that PSO can provide important information regarding NTQA in the province (please fill out the “existing sonographer” form below to register for a BORN login ID).  All future communications regarding NTQA will occur via the email in your BORN profile.  If you are already registered with BORN, please update your contact information no later than April 1, 2019.  Failure to provide updated contact information may result in missing communications pertaining to mandatory NTQA requirements, and can result in suspension or loss of NT ID number. 

To update your contact information please follow these steps:

1. Login to the BORN Information System with your username and ID
2. Click on “My Profile”

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3. Click on "Edit my Profile"
4. Input your email address in the Email Address box

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5. Click on "save"

Registration Options:
Select one of the three roles below to launch the registration form. Your contact information will not be shared without your consent. Once you have submitted your contact information, you will receive an email with further information. If you do not receive this email confirmation, please contact us.

I certify that the information provided in this application is true and correct and I am making this application on my own behalf. J’atteste que les renseignements fournis dans ce formulaire d’inscription sont exacts et que je présente cette demande pour moi‑même.


*Note to ALL registrants:
If you are using a CHROME browser and receive an error message when entering either your FMF number or your Prenatal Screening ID number, please try again in a different browser (i.e. Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox).

*Note to EXISTING registrants:
Your Prenatal Screening ID number is the sonographer code you put on the first trimester screening blood work requisition form when you complete an NT examination.  For most sonographers this is the same as their FMF number.   However, for some sonographers their FMF code and their Prenatal Screening ID number are different depending on when they registered.  


 

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I am a new sonographer who has never provided NT measurements for prenatal screening in Ontario.
I am a sonographer who has a prenatal screening lab ID number and who already provides NT measurements for prenatal screening.
I am a quality advisor or medical director supervising sonographers who perform NT measurements in Ontario.

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* Please enter your primary organization. You will be asked to complete with any additional organizations when you complete your user registration in the BORN Information System.

By completing this form, you are indicating that you would like to provide nuchal translucency (NT) measurements for use in Prenatal Screening in Ontario. Once this online form has been submitted, you will receive an email to the address you have provided, including an application form that you will need to complete and submit by fax (fax numbers will be on the application form).

The four laboratories that carry out prenatal screening in Ontario for Down syndrome and other aneuploidies have begun to apply more stringent quality provisions to the NT measurements used in the calculation of screen risk. The laboratories now accept the NT measurements of sonographers and sonologists not previously accredited only if they have:

  1. completed the specific training given by the Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) at www.fetalmedicine.com (both theoretical and practical components) and obtained an individual FMF certification number
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  2. then submitted a total of 15 NT measurements acquired over the specified CRL range (as provided on the application form) to evaluate whether the NT-CRL distribution follows the expected pattern.

You will be informed whether the distribution of your submitted data is acceptable. Occasionally, the assessment of your distribution might require that you submit additional NT/CRL measurements.

All three laboratories apply the same criteria to accredit sonologists and sonographers, and work from a common list comprised of all accredited sonologists and sonographers in Ontario. Therefore, please submit your application along with a copy of your FMF 11-13 Week Scan Certificate of Competence [and your FMF Code] to one and only one of the Laboratories (fax numbers provided on the application form). Do not apply to multiple sites. Acceptance by one laboratory equals acceptance by all of the laboratories.

For further information regarding the program, please contact the Prenatal Screening Program, at BORN Ontario, at 1 (833) 351-6490 or prenatalscreening@bornontario.ca