Developers of medicinal products can seek parallel scientific advice from NICE and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH).
You can get advice from both agencies, at the same time, about planned evidence generation. This might include:
- proposed clinical trials
- health economic modelling
- evidence synthesis
- patient preference studies
- post-licensing evidence generation.
You can ask questions to NICE and CADTH individually or jointly.Make an enquiry
If you think you have left it too late to seek advice, contact us. We may still be able to help.
You contact us to discuss your requirements. You answer a series of preliminary questions about your product. We contact CADTH and agree a timeline between the 3 parties.
You sign and return the contract
This must happen before the agreed submission date for the draft briefing book.
NICE and CADTH have separate fees and separate contracts with the developer.
We send you a quote
Based on the content of your draft briefing book, we send you an initial quote for the project. You then have an opportunity to make any changes to your briefing book before submitting the final version.
CADTH will send its quote separately to the developer.
Submit your final briefing book
We confirm the project fee
Once we've reviewed the final briefing book, we confirm the fee. This may differ from the initial quote, if any changes were made.
We send you an updated contract
We update the contract with the confirmed project fee and send you a copy for your records.
We may ask some clarification questions about your product development plans
Having identified and spoken to our panel of experts and CADTH, we may ask you to clarify or provide further information on certain details in your briefing book.
You'll have approximately 2 weeks to respond.
We hold a meeting with you, CADTH and a panel of experts from Canada and the UK
This will be a 4-hour physical or virtual meeting. It will be an open discussion to explore the issues we have identified in your briefing book. This helps us to prepare our answers for the final advice report.
We send our advice reports
The final advice reports from NICE and CADTH are combined into one report. This includes a joint summary agreed by both agencies.
Please allow a further 2 weeks for this if your project is classified as large.
Clarification stage (optional)
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 advice can be arranged for an additional fee. Please contact us to discuss any requirements.
We respond to your clarification questions, in writing