ISPD Professional Communications

The field of prenatal diagnosis rapidly evolves, and new technologies for screening, diagnosis and fetal care are regularly introduced by both academic entities and commercial entities. ISPD recognizes that given the expertise of its membership and leadership (Board of Directors, Special Interest Groups, and Committees) in this field, it has a responsibility to communicate opinions, rapid communications, and position statements, and on occasion other special communications on topics that are of relevance to its various stakeholders.

Prior Statements
Issued 9 January 2018
Position Statement on the Use of Genome-wide Sequencing for Fetal Diagnosis
Issued jointly with the Perinatal Quality Foundation and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Issued 8 April 2015
Position Statement from the Chromosome Abnormality Screening Committee on Behalf of the ISPD Board of Directors


Depending on the nature, urgency or priority, impact on stakeholders, and existing evidence for the question to be addressed, ISPD may release different types of documents. Each type of document will be prefaced by a disclaimer that explains the communication type, scope, and intended use by stakeholders.

ISPD will currently focus on the output of the following documents:

Position Statements

Position statements will represent the official viewpoint or stance of the ISPD, represented by its board of directors, on issues/topics affecting the field of prenatal diagnosis and therapy. Read more...


Opinions are written to communicate the opinion (expert consensus) of the ISPD, represented by its board of directors, one or more of its committees or its special interest groups (SIGs), with as goal to offer guidance for stakeholders on emerging issues affecting the field of prenatal diagnosis. Read more...

Rapid Communications

Rapid response communications are short scientific statements (no more than about 1page) in response to a time-sensitive clinical issue or technology and implementation for which immediate commentary by the ISPD will be deemed of great benefit to its members and other stakeholders. Read more...


The Professional Communications Committee (PCC) is the primary committee responsible for the process of development and dissemination of professional documents. The PCC works closely with and reports to the Board of Directors, as outlined in the terms of reference of the PCC.


All professional documents produced by the ISPD will be disseminated and communicated through the ISPD’s journal Prenatal Diagnosis under Open Access Policy. The ISPD website will list all titles and host direct links to the articles in Prenatal Diagnosis. The ISPD and the Journal will alert members and stakeholders about their publication through usual communication modalities, including e-mail, website listing, social media posting, etc. It is expected that when cited by others, they will be cited as Prenatal Diagnosis articles using the journal’s citation format.  Standard journal copyright restrictions will apply to these published professional documents.  They may not be reproduced in any language without appropriate permission by the Journal on behalf of the ISPD.