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Question reference: S6W-08746

  • Asked by: Tess White, MSP for North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: 26 May 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 14 June 2022


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the work that it is doing with the Scottish Perinatal Network to make placental growth factor (PlGF) testing for pre-eclampsia routinely available to pregnant women, and when it anticipates PlGF testing will be rolled out across all NHS boards in Scotland.


The Scottish Perinatal Network has been tasked with examining the adoption of PlGF testing in light of the draft NICE guidance published for consultation in March this year. Project information and associated documents are publicly available on the NICE website ( Project documents | PLGF-based testing to help diagnose suspected preterm pre-eclampsia (update of DG23) | Guidance | NICE ) and we expect the finalised guidance to be published on 27 July 2022.

As part of its initial work, the Network is engaging with the clinical and scientific community to understand how the additional two tests included in the draft guidance work in practice. This work is underway and I have asked my officials to continue working with the Network to explore how we can best implement PlGF testing in Scotland.