The NICE medical technologies evaluation programme (MTEP) selects and evaluates new or innovative medical technologies (including devices and diagnostics). MTEP helps the NHS adopt efficient and cost effective medical devices and diagnostics more rapidly and consistently.

The types of products which might be evaluated are medical devices that deliver treatment such as those implanted during surgical procedures; technologies that give greater independence to patients; and diagnostic devices or tests used to detect or monitor medical conditions.

The Medical Technologies Advisory Committee (MTAC) selects medical devices and diagnostics for which NICE should produce guidance and then routes the selected technology to the appropriate NICE guidance producing programme:

  • The medical technologies programme
  • The diagnostics assessment programme
  • The technology appraisal programme
  • The interventional procedures programme
  • The NICE guideline programme

Notify a medical device or diagnostic to the programme

Technologies evaluated by the programme are those which have the potential to offer substantial benefit to patients and/or the NHS compared with current practice and are likely to be adopted more consistently and more rapidly if NICE develops guidance on them. The advantages which they offer over current practice need to be clearly described, easily understood and immediately plausible. High-quality scientific evidence supporting these advantages will increase the likelihood of a technology being selected for evaluation. Information about costs (even indicative costs, in the first instance) is also useful in judgements about selection.

Before completing a notification form

Make sure your product meets the programme eligibility criteria (pdf, opens in new window) before notifying a product. 

Contact us at medtech@nice.org.uk if you're considering notifying your product. We'll answer any questions you have. We can also arrange a meeting if you'd like to discuss things in more detail. Please provide some information on the product when you contact us.

For more information view the notification form and the process and methods guides.

The information provided on the form will be used in the briefing note which is presented to the Committee for selection.

 

Contact us

If you have any queries regarding the programme or would like advice on completing the notification form, please contact the team at medtech@nice.org.uk

 

Get involved

Find out more about the Medical Technologies Advisory Committee, including how to attend a meeting, and see papers from previous meetings.