NICE recommendations on the use of highly specialised technologies are made by an independent advisory committee called the highly specialised technologies evaluation committee (HSTEC).

Committee members are appointed for a 3-year term, and are drawn from:

  • the NHS
  • patient and carer organisations
  • academia
  • pharmaceuticals and medical device industries.

Although the committee seeks the views of organisations representing health professionals, patients, carers, manufacturers and government, its advice is independent of any vested interests.

Consultees and commentators

Consultee organisations include:

  • local and national groups representing patients and carers
  • bodies representing health professionals
  • manufacturer(s) or sponsor(s) of the technology in development
  • the Department of Health
  • specialised commissioning groups.

Consultees can submit evidence during the evaluation, comment on the evaluation documents and appeal against the committee's final recommendations. In addition, consultee organisations are asked to nominate patient experts, commissioning experts or clinical specialists.

Commentator organisations include:

  • manufacturers of comparator technologies
  • Welsh Government
  • if relevant, a National Collaborating Centre (a group commissioned by NICE to develop clinical guidelines)
  • research groups working in the area
  • other groups, including:
  • British National Formulary
  • Scottish Medicines Consortium
  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
  • Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland
  • professional or patient organisations covering Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland only.

Commentators are invited by NICE to take part in the evaluation process and comment on the various documents produced during the process.

Next meeting dates

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our highly specialised technologies evaluation committee meetings are currently being held virtually.

  • Thursday 13 May 2021
  • Thursday 10 June 2021
  • Thursday 15 July 2021
  • Thursday 5 August 2021
  • Wednesday 15 September 2021.

Dates and venues are subject to change.

Minutes from previous meetings

Previous years

Minutes from 2016
Minutes from 2015

Meet the committee

Find out about the committee members

HSTEC members