NICE is committed to promoting equality, eliminating unlawful discrimination and fostering good relations between people with particular protected characteristics and others. In producing guidance and advice, NICE aims to comply fully with all legal obligations to: promote race and disability equality and equality of opportunity between men and women, eliminate unlawful discrimination on grounds of race, disability, age, sex, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity (including women post-delivery), sexual orientation, and religion or belief (these are protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010).
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is usually diagnosed in people in their late teens or early 20s, but can affect people of any age. It is more common in people of white ethnicity. People of Eastern European Jewish family origin are most likely to have IBD. People with Crohn's disease may be unable to carry out normal day-to-day activities and so may be considered to have a disability. Age, race and disability are protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.