Navigation

New NICE guideline on food allergy in children

Responding to comments made by Mandy East (National Allergy Strategy Group and Anaphylaxis Campaign, and Patient / Carer representative on the NICE food allergy in children guideline, published on Wednesday 23 February) on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday 23 February, NICE wishes to clarify that some alternative methods used to diagnose and assess food allergy in children are licensed by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), and are regulated in the same way as other medicines and healthcare products. The comments made by Mandy East regarding licensing and regulation of such products were incorrect, and NICE wishes to apologise for any confusion caused.

The final guideline is available on the NICE website at http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG116

Ends

About NICE

1. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and standards on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health.

2. NICE produces guidance in three areas of health:

  • public health - guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the wider public and voluntary sector
  • health technologies - guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments, medical technologies (including devices and diagnostics) and procedures within the NHS
  • clinical practice - guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS.

3. NICE produces standards for patient care:

  • quality standards - these reflect the very best in high quality patient care, to help healthcare practitioners and commissioners of care deliver excellent services
  • Quality and Outcomes Framework - NICE develops the clinical and health improvement indicators in the QOF, the Department of Health scheme which rewards GPs for how well they care for patients.

4. NICE provides advice and support on putting NICE guidance and standards into practice through its implementation programme, and it collates and accredits high quality health guidance, research and information to help health professionals deliver the best patient care through NHS Evidence.

This page was last updated: 01 March 2011

Accessibility | Cymraeg | Freedom of information | Vision Impaired | Contact Us | Glossary | Data protection | Copyright | Disclaimer | Terms and conditions

Copyright 2014 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. All rights reserved.

Selected, reliable information for health and social care in one place

Accessibility | Cymraeg | Freedom of information | Vision Impaired | Contact Us | Glossary | Data protection | Copyright | Disclaimer | Terms and conditions

Copyright 2014 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. All rights reserved.