International Accreditation - NICE expands on its accreditation work
Part of the NICE family, NHS Evidence is a search engine for health and social care professionals to enable fast, free and easy access to relevant information from credible medical sources.
NHS Evidence also runs an accreditation scheme to assess the robustness of processes used for health or social care guidance development. This scheme has been running since April 2009 and has assessed processes of UK guidance producers.
Following the success of the existing programme Accreditation is now expanding to assess international guidance processes. Currently under pilot phase, the international accreditation will be subject to a registration fee:
- £250 for not for profit organisations
- £500 for commercial organisations
The process of accreditation takes 7 to 8 months to allow a thorough and transparent process that includes technical analysis, peer review, public consultation and consideration by an Advisory Committee of guidance experts.
An accredited organisation receives the Accreditation Mark, a registered trademark of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, for publicity as a sign of high standard information development. Accreditation lasts for three years and provided it is also relevant to a search, information from accredited sources features in the top search results, with the Accreditation Mark clearly displayed.
You can read further information about the accreditation programme here
If you are an international guidance producer and interested in learning more about international accreditation, please contact Margaret Derry, Accreditation Project Manager, (Margaret.Derry@nice.org.uk)
This page was last updated: 27 May 2011