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The Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Cymru (NIPEC)


The newborn and infant physical examination is offered to all babies in Wales.  The main aims of the examination are to:

  • Identify and refer all children born with congenital abnormalities of the eyes, heart, hips and (in males) testes, where these are detectable, within 72 hours of birth.
  • To further identify those abnormalities that may become detectable by 6 weeks of age, at the physical infant examination.
  • Reduce morbidity and mortality.

The NIPEC examination must be completed by a trained practitioner who is competent to undertake all elements of the newborn screening examination and who has undergone relevant training. This can be a midwife, nurse, health visitor, doctor, or physician associate.   

The resources below have been developed to support NIPEC practitioners with their continuing professional development (CPD) with an aim of standardising the approach across Wales.  Links to the Welsh Government’s NIPEC Guidance can also be found here.   






Further information

Updates will be provided for upcoming events including quarterly webinars.