Topic selection consultation

Content under review

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.

This consultation closed on:

19 November 2020


We asked for your views on the proposals for the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation (CHTE) topic selection programme.

Topic selection is the process for deciding which topics we produce guidance on. It's designed to support the guidance development process so that chosen topics protect patient safety and support provision of the best quality care.

CHTE is responsible for developing guidance on:

  • diagnostics
  • highly specialised technologies
  • interventional procedures
  • medical technologies
  • technology appraisals.

Currently each guidance producing programme has a bespoke process to identify, select and route topics. Updating these processes gives us the opportunity to ensure good governance and oversight.

Summary of objectives

  • Consolidate existing criteria to develop a single topic selection manual.
  • Align decision making and stakeholder engagement processes to improve efficiency.
  • Clear communication of governance arrangements to improve accountability.
  • Improve the transparency of our processes.
  • Help stakeholders and the public access the information they need quickly and easily.

Consultation event: 22 October 2020, 12pm to 1pm

We held an online event to discuss the consultation and take questions.

Speakers included:

  • Kimberley Carter, technical adviser - Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme.
  • Lori Farrar, associate director - Topic Selection.
  • Jenniffer Prescott, programme director - HTA Process and Operations.
  • Mark Rasburn, senior public involvement advisor - Public Involvement Programme.