Anyone can ask us to consider a device, diagnostic or digital technology for NICE guidance or NICE advice.

Our Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme (MTEP) considers technologies that could offer substantial benefits to patients and the health and social care system over current practice

Companies

Manufacturers, distributors and agents - complete our notification form:

   Medical technologies notification form (Word doc)


Got a question? Contact us

We're happy to answer any questions or to arrange a meeting to discuss things in more detail.

Health and social care staff, patients and the public

Email us at medtech@nice.org.uk

Let us know the:

  • name of the technology
  • potential benefits of the technology.

 

Our product went from being in 4 hospitals to 15 within 6 months of guidance publication. That was incredible.

Justin Hall, Vice President at NeoTract
Hear Justin's experience of getting his product evaluated by NICE

How do we select technologies?

A technology is likely to be selected if:

  • it meets the
  • it offers substantial benefits to patients or the health and care system compared with current practice
  • the benefits are supported by evidence
  • developing guidance would mean faster and more consistent adoption of the technology.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Suitable for development

    The technology must be suitable for development under one of our guidance programmes, and not currently in development.

     
  2. A new or innovative technology

    It must be a new technology, or an innovative modification of an existing technology, that will have benefits to the patient or the NHS when judged against comparators.

     
  3. Timing

    The technology has one of the following CE marks (or equivalent regulatory approval) or is expected to get one within 12 months:

    • a medical device (under EC directive 2007/47/EC or 93/42/EEC)
    • an active medical device (under EC directive 90/385/EEC)
    • an active implantable medical device, (under EC directive 90/385/EEC)
    • an in vitro diagnostic medical device (under EC directive 98/79/EC).
     

    (The CE mark is a mandatory conformity mark for all products placed on the single market in the European Economic Area, including medical devices. The mark certifies that a product has met EU consumer safety, health or environmental requirements.)

    The technology must also be available to the NHS, or have plans to be launched in the NHS.

Eligibility criteria (PDF)

The benefits of a technology should be:

  • easily understood
  • clearly described
  • plausible
  • supported by evidence.

Read more about the notification and selection process

Market access support

Our Office for Market Access (OMA) offers bespoke services to pharmaceutical, medtech and diagnostics companies. We can:

  • help you identify the most appropriate journey for your product through NICE
  • provide support regarding our processes and methods
  • offer engagement opportunities in relation to particular products, and as part of the Early Access to Medicines Scheme (PDF)
  • broker multi-stakeholder safe harbour meetings between companies, NICE and other relevant players in the NHS landscape.

Types of guidance and advice

Notified medical technologies are usually developed as one of the following:

Technologies notified to NICE

See all medical technologies notified up to June 2017

Products considered for selection by NICE (PDF)