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We're updating this page following the publication of our new methods, processes and topic selection manuals. Our previous manuals still apply to evaluations that started before 1 February 2022. The new manuals apply to evaluations that began after this date.

We consider topics that support healthcare professionals and others to make sure that the care they provide is of the best possible quality and offers the best value for money.

The topics that we develop guidance on come from a number of sources, such as:

  • clinical and public health professionals
  • patients, carers and the general public.

Find out how we select topics for development into information, advice and guidance.

Technology appraisal topic selection

Our consultation on the processes of technology appraisal highlighted a lack of information on the progress of topics through topic selection. As a result, we made the reporting of topic progress more open and transparent.

This was agreed following extensive negotiations with:

  • the Department of Health and Social Care
  • Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
  • the Ethical Medicines Industry Group (EMIG), as the representative organisations for pharmaceutical companies in the UK.

Decisions from January 2015 onwards are published in this format. Decisions from July 2011 to December 2014 are still available with the original confidentiality agreements in place.

Highly specialised technologies topic selection

Decisions on potential highly specialised technologies from January 2015 onwards are published with the same open and transparent reporting as technology appraisal topics.

Decisions from July 2013 to July 2014 are still available with the original confidentiality agreements in place.

NICE guidelines

Topics are referred to us from the following organisations:

A number of factors influence the guidelines we develop and the order of development.

Medicines evidence summaries topic selection

Information on how we select topics for evidence summaries can be found in the process guide:

Evidence summaries: process guide

Medical technologies topic selection

The NICE medical technologies evaluation programme (MTEP) selects and evaluates new or innovative medical technologies (including devices and diagnostics). MTEP helps the NHS adopt efficient and cost effective medical devices and diagnostics more rapidly and consistently.

Whilst it is normally clinicians that notify medical technologies to NICE, anyone can request NICE consider a medical technology for guidance by completing our notification form.

Read more about MTEP topic selection

Quality standards topic selection

Topics are referred to NICE by NHS England for health-related areas, and by the Department of Health and Social Care and Department for Education for non-health areas such as social care.

Read more about quality standard topic selection

Topic selection consultation

In autumn 2020 we asked for your views on the proposals for the topic selection programme. Find out about our proposals.