About Us


Breast Screening
Cervical Screening
Bowel Screening
Diabetic Retina Screening

Mission Statement

The National Screening Service will develop and provide quality cancer screening programmes for people in Ireland.

Established by the Minister for Health and Children in 2007, the NSS endeavours to provide quality assured cancer screening programmes for the people of Ireland. The NSS will maximise expertise across programmes and improve efficiency by developing and implementing a single governance model for cancer screening.
As set out in the Statutory Instrument, the Board will:

  • Advise on the benefits of carrying out other cancer screening programmes where a population health benefit can be demonstrated
  • Advise the Minister for Health and Children, from time to time, on health technologies, including vaccines, relating to the prevention of cervical cancer
  • Implement special measures to promote participation in its Programmes by disadvantaged people

The National Screening Service (NSS) currently encompasses BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme and CervicalCheck –The National Cervical Screening Programme

Mission Statement (pdf)