NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers managing diabetes and its complications in women (all females of childbearing potential) who are planning a pregnancy and women who are already pregnant. It also covers areas in which additional or different care should be offered to women with diabetes and their newborn babies. For more information see the diabetes in pregnancy topic overview.

This quality standard should be considered alongside quality statement 7 in the NICE quality standard on diabetes in adults (QS6).