EMIS clinical reference tool rejected by NHS Evidence

The clinical reference tool in an IT system used by 59% of practices in England has been turned down for accreditation by NHS Evidence.

The NHS website's quality mark, signalling accredited sources, will not appear next to EMIS Clinical Immediate Reference (ECIR) articles, after a final accreditation decision was made by NHS Evidence.

NHS Evidence had previously rejected the ECIR articles in a draft response earlier this year. It's advisory committee said at the time that of the processes used to produce the articles only 20 out of 25 accreditation criteria.

But NHS Evidence has now made a final accreditation decision to deny ECIR articles of its quality kitemark. It said there was a lack of sufficiently detailed documented process around the scope, purpose and rigour used to develop guidance.

The articles aim to provide GPs with up-to-date information on diseases and their management that can be accessed during consultations, still failed to pass NHS Evidence’s accreditation.

Dr Gillian Leng, chief operating officer at NHS Evidence said: ‘Whilst EMIS may be disappointed at today’s decision, I would like thank the organisation for putting their processes under the spotlight.

‘I hope that EMIS will take on board all of the committee’s recommendations to make their processes more robust and reapply for accreditation in August 2011.’

Sean Riddell, dhief executive officer of EMIS Group, said that EMIS will not be challenging the decision or pursuing the accreditation further.

He said: 'It became clear as we were going through this process that the NHS Evidence standard was not the appropriate standard for the type of material we produce.

'This accreditation process is designed for clinical guidelines, not for the immediate clinical reference articles and patient information leaflets that we produce.'

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