MN Birth Defects Statutes

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Statutes

The 2004 Legislature amended the birth defects statute (MS 144.2215) to enable establishment of the Minnesota Birth Defects Information System (BDIS). This included clarifying language on goals, data sources, reporting without liability, data privacy, an opt–out clause, and guidelines on conducting research. The definition of a “birth defect” is consistent with that used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other states, and national organizations. This language became effective March 2005, when the Minnesota Department of Health received a federal grant to support implementation.