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Interventional procedures

NICE makes recommendations about whether interventional procedures used for diagnosis or treatment are safe enough and work well enough for routine use.

An interventional procedure is a procedure used for diagnosis or treatment that involves one of the following:

  • making a cut or a hole to gain access to the inside of a patient's body - for example, when carrying out an operation or inserting a tube into a blood vessel.
  • gaining access to a body cavity (such as the digestive system, lungs, womb or bladder) without cutting into the body - for example, examining or carrying out treatment on the inside of the stomach using an instrument inserted via the mouth.
  • using electromagnetic radiation (which includes X-rays, lasers, gamma-rays and ultraviolet light) - for example, using a laser to treat eye problems.

Notifications for Interventional Procedures

New notifications

Notify NICE of any new interventional procedure developed or about to be used in your organisation or by you and your colleagues

Review of IP Guidance

Inform NICE of safety concerns and new information you have about our existing guidance.

You should inform the programme of new evidence which might help the committee reach a different conclusion.

Read more about interventional procedures guidance

This page was last updated: 28 January 2013

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