NICE International fact sheet
Since it was established in 1999, NICE has developed a global reputation for using evidence to inform clinical and public health practice. NICE has worked with governments and academics from more than forty countries to transfer its knowledge in making decisions about the use of new treatments, developing clinical and public health guidelines and assessing the safety and efficacy of new surgical procedures. Now NICE has formalised these arrangements in a new policy consultancy called NICE International.
What is NICE international?
NICE international is a non-profit initiative. The organisation offers advice and support to other countries wishing to modify the guidelines and processes of NICE for their own use, or establish their own institute.
The services NICE International offers include:
- Advice on evaluating clinical evidence surrounding health treatments, treatment pathways and procedures, and on making decisions based on this evidence
- Technical support on assessing the value for money of new technologies, such as new drugs
- Support with processes for allocating resources in healthcare systems to ensure they are transparent and involve the opinions and needs of those who use the healthcare systems
Why was it established?
Many countries across the globe face challenges with their healthcare systems, and must decide how to allocate limited resources to achieve the best possible benefit for their populations. NICE has a great deal of expertise in this area, and has been advising countries and international organisations on an informal basis for a number of years. For example, it was involved in the review of the Canadian health technology assessment system in 2004 and it supported the development of clinical guidelines in Bosnia. Countries such as Azerbaijan, Brazil and Serbia regularly adapt NICE guidance into their own systems.
In 2008 NICE decided to use its expertise to assist countries who face similar challenges in a more systematic fashion, and so established NICE International.
Who does it work with?
In the early stages of its activity NICE International undertook pilot projects in Colombia and Ghana to inform policy makers about NICE's activities and to develop strategies for engagement. Since then, NICE International has carried out or is currently undertaking a number of projects in Estonia, Thailand, Jordan, Turkey and the US, and is currently exploring projects with other countries including Bahrain, Azerbaijan and Mexico.
What types of projects has it conducted?
To date NICE International has engaged in three types of projects:
- International policy research and analysis commissioned by independent foundations such as the Commonwealth Fund in the US.
- Country-specific projects funded by national or state governments or governmental agencies such as the Estonian Health Insurance Fund, or third parties such as the UK's DfID, the World Bank and WHO.
- General activities, usually through visiting foreign delegations, to raise NICE's profile internationally and develop working relationships with foreign policy makers.
How is NICE International funded?
NICE International operates on a strict non-profit fee-for-service basis. Costs for all international activity have to be fully recovered. Funding for country-specific projects may be obtained directly from the client country or from donor agencies such as the World Bank and the UK's Department for International Development.
This page was last updated: 28 April 2010