These are the main stages in developing diagnostic technologies guidance.
Timings are approximate. For a full description of the process see the:
- programme manual (PDF)
- interim addendum on guidance reviews (PDF)
- interim addendum on access proposals (PDF)
- interim addendum on scoping workshops (PDF)
- professional societies and royal colleges
- national organisations representing patients and carers
- health professionals
- statutory organisations.
Stakeholders are consulted throughout the assessment process.
Draft scope prepared
We produce a scope for each assessment.
The scope defines the:
- patients and technolog(ies) covered by the assessment
- questions it aims to answer.
Specialist Committee members recruited
The diagnostics advisory committee (DAC) is an independent advisory committee.
We recruit professional and lay specialist members with expert knowledge of the subject under consideration.
The workshop aims to:
- ensure the scope is appropriately defined, including verification or modification of the care pathway
- identify important evidence and any other issues relevant to the evaluation.
The scope is revised after the workshop.
Assessment report prepared
An independent academic centre reviews the evidence and prepares an assessment report.
Assessment report received
Registered stakeholders can comment on the report. They have 10 working days to submit comments.
Diagnostics advisory committee (DAC) meeting
The committee considers the assessment report and formulates draft recommendations. The relevant meeting papers are sent to members 1 week prior to the meeting.
The committee discussions are held in public.
Consultation on draft recommendations opens
DAC makes its provisional recommendations in the consultation document.
Registered stakeholders have 4 weeks to comment.
We publish the document on our website. Health professionals and members of the public can also comment.
Diagnostics advisory committee
The committee considers considers comments received on the consultation document and makes its final recommendations.
Once our Guidance Executive has approved the final guidance, it is open to resolution. This is a final quality assurance step before the guidance is published.
Anyone who commented on the consultation can request we make corrections if they believe:
- there has been a breach of process
- there are factual errors in the guidance
Stakeholders have 3 weeks to submit comments.
You can find out more about resolution in chapter 8 of the programme manual.
If there are no resolution requests, the final guidance is published.
If we receive resolution requests, we suspend publishing the guidance while we investigate them.