From 1 April 2019 we will charge for our technology appraisal (TA) and highly specialised technologies (HST) assessments.

Assessments with a formal start date (invitation to participate) on or after 1 April will be subject to the charge.

Small companies will receive a 75% discount and can choose to pay in instalments.

Our charging procedures

Full details of our charging terms and conditions.

Technology appraisals - charging procedure

Highly specialised technologies - charging procedure


What are the costs?

Product

2019/20 charges (excluding VAT)

 

Larger companies

Small companies

Single technology appraisals (STA)

 £126,000

 £31,500

Single highly specialised technologies (HST) evaluations

 £126,000

 £31,500

Fast track appraisals (FTA) / Rapid reviews (RR) / Cancer Drugs Fund reviews (CDF-R)

 £88,000

 £22,000

Multiple technology appraisals (MTA) – standard (up to 3 technologies)
Charges will be split between participating companies.

 £188,000

 £47,000

Multiple technology appraisals (MTA) – complex (more than 3 technologies)
Charges will be split between participating companies.

 £251,000

 £62,750

Are the charges mandatory?

Yes, once a technology has been formally referred to us for assessment from the Secretary of State. We reserve the right to pause the assessment if payment is not received by the deadline we've provided.


Timings for charging

Companies contacted at the start of our process

We contact companies at the start of our process to let them know that their technology is being considered for assessment. This is to make companies aware that their technology is in line to be assessed and explain our charging procedure.

Payment due before the start of the assessment 

After we have received a formal referral to assess a technology by the Secretary of State, payment will be requested and is required before the start of the assessment.

We send details of charges and how to pay directly to the company.

We expect payment within 30 days of receipt of the invoice.

Charging timelines

Our timelines show where in our assessment process companies will be charged.

Technology appraisal timelines

The timelines cover:

  • cancer technologies
  • non-cancer technologies
  • the charging points for small companies.

View TA charging timelines

Highly specialised technologies timelines

The timelines cover:

  • highly specialised technologies
  • the charging points for small companies that pay through instalments.

View HST charging timelines


Help for small companies

Discount

Small companies will receive a discount of 75% of the cost of an assessment.

Phased payments

Small companies have the option to spread the cost through instalments:

  • 40% of the charge at the start
  • 50% when NICE first meets to consider the recommendation (normally around halfway through our process)
  • 10% immediately before publication of the final recommendation.

What is classed as a small company?

A small company must meet at least 2 out of 3 of the following conditions:

  • annual turnover: not more than £10.2m
  • balance sheet total: not more than £5.1m
  • average number of employees: not more than 50.

As defined in Section 382 of the Companies Act 2006.


Help and advice

For questions about our charging process contact: TAHSTcharging@nice.org.uk