NICE overhauls guidance review system to cut costs

NICE is streamlining its guidance review process to help make it faster and cheaper.

Launching a consultation on its plan, NICE said it needed to make its processes more efficient 'given the current constraints on budget and capacity that all NHS organisations are facing'.

NICE said the proposals were aimed at 'making the NICE clinical guidelines development process more efficient without reducing the scope or compromising the quality of the guidelines we produce'.

The organisation is also planning to overhaul its internal process to help reduce the time it takes to produce guidelines.

It is proposing to cut the length of consultations on the scope of guidance from four to three weeks and on draft guidance from eight to four weeks.

It also wants to remove the three-week pre-publication check and instead simply send pre-publication guidelines to stakeholders for comments.

The consultation also proposes stripping back the role of guideline review panels in signing off guidelines.

Final sign-off would instead be completed by a commissioning manager and an associate director for each guideline.

The consultation is open for comments until 19 July.

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