Anyone can ask us to consider a medical technology for NICE guidance or NICE advice. 

Our Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme (MTEP) selects devices, diagnostics and digital technologies for NICE guidance development.

We compare a technology with current practice. In particular, we ask:

  • does it offer substantial benefit to patients/NHS compared with current practice?
  • is it likely to be adopted more consistently and more rapidly if guidance is developed?

To be selected by us it needs to offer advantages over current practice which must be:

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

Supporting evidence

High-quality scientific evidence supporting these advantages increases the likelihood of a technology being selected for evaluation.

Information about costs (even indicative costs, in the first instance) is also useful to help us make judgements about selection.

Notification and selection process timeline

Medical technologies evaluation and selection process timeline

How to notify us

Complete and return our notification form:

   MTEP notification form (Word doc)

Contact us

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

When you complete your notification form

Check that your product meets the 3 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)

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.