Our express service is designed for companies who need to receive scientific advice within more challenging timeframes.

Within 12 weeks, you'll receive:

  • A 3 hour virtual meeting.
  • A detailed, stand-alone advice report with references and background information.
  • Feedback on your development plan from a panel of experts. The panel will include clinical, health economic, patient and HTA specialists.

If you have a broad range of complex issues, we would advise using our standard scientific advice service.

Once the project timeline has been provisionally agreed, we will share the latest version of the briefing book template and supporting guidance to help you in your preparations.

Make an enquiry Frequently asked questions

NICE's process to engage in early dialogue is particularly well and clearly defined with clear timelines and deliverables.

Project feedback questionnaire

The process

If you think you've left it too late to seek scientific advice, contact us. We may still be able to help.

  • First contact

    Following your initial enquiry, we send you a preliminary questions form to complete. We agree a timeline and send you our standard contract, briefing book template and supporting guidance.

  • You sign and return the contract

    This must be done in advance of the draft briefing book submission. The Project Team will confirm the deadline as part of the timeline.

  • Send us your draft briefing book

    This is the key document that sets the scope of the project. It should include details of your proposals and the questions you want to ask NICE.

  • We will send you a quote

    Based on the content of your draft briefing book, we send you an initial quote for the project fee. You then have an opportunity to make any further changes to your briefing book before submitting a final version.

  • wk1

    Submit your final briefing book

  • We will confirm the project fee

    Once we've reviewed the final briefing book, we confirm the project fee. This may differ from the initial quote, if any significant changes were made to your briefing book.

  • wk2

    We may ask some clarification questions about your briefing book

    Having identified and spoken to our panel of experts, we may ask you to clarify or provide further information on certain details in your briefing book.

    You will have 1 week to respond.

  • wk6

    Meeting with NICE and a panel of experts

    Your team takes part in a 3 hour virtual meeting with NICE and a panel of experts.  This is an exploratory open discussion of the key issues we have identified in your briefing book and helps us formulate our answers for the final advice report.

  • wk12

    We send our advice report

    This is a detailed report with background, relevant case history and a comprehensive written response to each question posed in your briefing book.

Clarification stage (optional)

  • +2wks

    You can send us any clarification questions you have about the report

    These questions are to clarify the meaning of the advice and cannot be requests for new information.

    Further follow-up advice can be arranged for an additional fee. Please contact us to discuss any requirements.

  • +3wks

    We respond to your clarification questions

    This will be either in writing or by teleconference.