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10 Years of Excellence

Key Milestones

1999

  • National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) established on 1 April
  • First public board meeting was held in London in May
  • Professor Sir Michael Rawlins appointed as chairman.
  • Conducted a Rapid Assessment of the flu product zanamivir (Relenza) in time for the 1999 flu season.

2000

  • Guidelines Advisory Committee established to advise on the development of clinical guidelines. Members include doctors and patient representatives.
  • Published results of full technology appraisal Removal of wisdom teeth

2001

  • Research and Development Committee established to advise NICE on its R&D programmes. Members include both experts and lay people.
  • Six National Collaborating Centres launched to harness the expertise of various people and organisations, including professional bodies and patient groups, to help NICE develop guidelines. These include the National Collaborating Centre for Cancer, and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.

2002

  • New programme established to assess whether interventional procedures - surgical procedures such as deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease - are safe enough and work well enough for routine use in the NHS
  • Institute established the country's first Citizens Council to advise its decision makers.
  • First fully commissioned clinical guidelines issued - Appropriate treatment and care in individuals with schizophrenia within the NHS in England and Wales. The guidance was developed on behalf of the Institute by the National Collaborating Centre (NCC) for Mental Health

2003

  • NICE Research and Development Programme established to identify and stimulate areas of research that may help the institute to develop guidance.

2004

  • NICE asked by the Chief Medical Officers of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to review urgently certain types of operation to remove tonsils (‘tonsillectomies'). This was the first time that the Institute had been asked to issue urgent guidance to NHS surgeons and the public on the safety of a procedure.

2005

  • Health Development Agency joined the Institute and it is now called National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The acronym remains as NICE
  • Centre for Public Health Excellence was established, responsible for developing public health guidance on various issues, from contraception to obesity.

2006

  • Northern Ireland Health Minister Paul Goggins announced that the Northern Ireland Executive would formalise its relationship with NICE
  • Clinical guidelines on obesity encourage the NHS, local authorities, schools, employers and town planners to tackle a growing threat to the health of our nation. This was the first time evidence-base recommendations, integrating advice on prevention and treatment, had been issued at a national level.
  • Technology appraisal published on the Use of trastuzumab (Herceptin) in treating early breast cancer

2007

  • NICE faced a judicial review challenging its November 2006 recommendation that drugs for Alzheimer's disease should be prescribed only to those in the moderate sage of the disease
  • Introduction of a new process to develop ‘short' clinical guidelines that provide the NHS with advice on what works best at any given point in a care pathway. These guidelines are produced in around 12 months - about half the time it takes to produce a full clinical guideline.

2008

  • The Health Select Committee report on NICE published in January 2008 welcomed moves by NICE and the pharmaceutical industry to collaborate more closely in the planning of clinical trials.
  • Health minister Professor Lord Ara Darzi published the report of his wide-ranging review of the NHS which included new initiatives for NICE.

2009

  • Launch of NHS Evidence, a web-based service allowing healthcare professionals to find the latest healthcare information and advice.

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