We encourage stakeholders to get involved in the development of our guidance at all stages. At NICE, the term 'stakeholder' has an official status. Stakeholders are organisations who are registered with NICE because they have an interest in the topic, or they represent people whose practice or care may be directly affected by the guideline or quality standard.

For NICE guidelines and quality standards, we encourage organisations to register with us as stakeholders. Make sure you have the appropriate permission within your organisation to register. A maximum of 2 people may be listed as contacts for each organisation, for each topic.

Register as a stakeholder

In other NICE guidance development processes, such as technology appraisals, stakeholders are selected by NICE. Please see the relevant pages for more information.

We encourage organisations to register their interest early, when we begin guideline or quality standard development. However, we welcome organisations who register throughout the development process, who can contribute from that point onwards.

Stakeholders include:

  • national organisations for people who use health and social care services, their families and carers, and the public 
  • local Healthwatch organisations and local organisations that have no national group to participate on their behalf
  • national organisations that represent health and social care practitioners and other relevant professionals whose practice may be affected by the guideline, or who can influence uptake of the guideline recommendations
  • public sector providers and commissioners of care or services 
  • private, voluntary sector and other independent providers of care or services
  • companies that manufacture medicines, devices, equipment or adaptations, and commercial industries relevant to public health
  • organisations that fund or carry out research
  • overseas organisations with a remit covering England 
  • Government departments and national statutory agencies.

NICE does not have the resources to respond to comments from a large number of individuals or local organisations. Individuals cannot register as stakeholders but NICE encourages anyone with an interest in the topic to express their views to a registered stakeholder listed on the guideline page on the NICE website.

Local or regional professional or practitioner groups, and local or regional groups representing people who use health and social care services cannot register as stakeholders unless there is no national organisation that represents the group's specific interests.

NICE is established as an England-only body, and acknowledges that its guidance is used in other countries in the UK. NICE seeks to make its guidance useful in these countries, and encourages stakeholders from all UK nations to participate in developing guidelines.

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