NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the management of faecal incontinence, defined as any involuntary loss of faeces that is a social or hygiene problem, in adults (18 years and older) in the community (at home and in care homes) and in hospital (all departments).