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Clinical guideline development methods: The guidelines manual 2012

The guidelines manual has been updated after public consultation. The manual explains how NICE develops clinical guidelines and provides advice on the technical aspects of guideline development. This document replaces 'The guidelines manual' (last updated January 2009) and 'Guide to the short clinical guideline process 2009'.

The 2012 edition of 'The guidelines manual' describes the process and methods used for all clinical guidelines starting scoping after 1 December 2012. Guidelines already in development at this date will switch to the methods and processes described in the 2012 edition at an appropriate point during development. The draft and published full guidelines will specify which edition of 'The guidelines manual' was used for each stage of development.

The guidelines manual 2012

NICE published a draft of 'The guidelines manual' for public consultation during 2012. This table contains the comments from stakeholders and responses from the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE:

Interim methods for developing service guidance

NICE has developed interim methods for developing service guidance and published these in February 2013.

Interim process and methods for clinical guideline surveillance

NICE has developed an interim clinical guideline surveillance process and methods guide. This replaces sections 14.1 and 14.2 of The guidelines manual for guidelines being considered for updating from August 2013 onwards. This interim process will be evaluated over a 12-month period, and will then be subject to formal consultation. This guide was originally published in August 2013, with an edited version published in September 2013.

Interim process and methods guide for the clinical guideline rapid updates pilot programme 2013

NICE has developed an interim process and methods guide for the clinical guideline rapid updates pilot programme 2013 (published October 2013). It complements the standard methods and processes for updating clinical guidelines. This interim process will be evaluated and will then be subject to formal consultation.

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This page was last updated: 11 October 2013

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