Medical technologies guidance

This guidance evaluates new, innovative medical devices and diagnostics. Our aim is to boost the uptake of devices and technologies in the NHS.

It looks at medical technologies that:

  • deliver treatment - like those implanted during surgical procedures
  • give greater independence to patients
  • detect or monitor medical conditions.

Get a technology evaluated

Tell us about a medical technology and we will consider it for guidance.

Anyone can notify us of a technology for consideration. 

Suggest a technology 

Medical technologies guidance  

Our guidance helps people in the NHS make efficient, cost-effective and consistent decisions about adopting new medical technologies.

It supports innovation and transformation and improves healthcare delivery.

View guidance

How we develop guidance

Find out more about:

  • the process timeline
  • how we select technologies 
  • who makes decisions
  • our process and methods guides.

Get involved

To get involved, you can:

  • comment on draft recommendations
  • take part in guidance development as a stakeholder
  • attend a committee meeting.

MedTech innovation briefings

These short briefings examine new, innovative technologies. Each one provides:

  • a description of the new technology
  • examples of use
  • its role in the treatment pathway
  • reviews of published evidence
  • likely costs.

Static list

We regularly review our medical technologies guidance. If there is no new research or evidence available that would have a material effect on a piece of current guidance, it gets moved to the static list.

If new evidence becomes available, the guidance can be transferred back to the active list for further appraisal.

Changes to health technology evaluation

We are reviewing and, where necessary, updating the methods and processes we use to produce guidance around health technologies.

The consultation on the case for change to the methods is now open until 18 December 2020. Tell our views.

Digital health technologies pilot

We are piloting a process for developing guidance on 4 digital health technologies. After the pilot has finished, we will review the process to determine how best to develop guidance on the technologies in the future. 

View the pilot topics
View the pilot process (word).