The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides a right of access to recorded information held by public authorities and sets out exemptions to that right of access for example, if the information is confidential.

Under the Act public authorities must have a publication scheme setting out what types of information are routinely made available to the public such as Board papers, Guidance to the NHS, committee papers, press releases and many others, and where this information can be obtained. Please see below.

Responding to requests

Public authorities have a legal obligation to respond to requests for information. Anyone considering making a request for information is advised to first see if the information is available via the publication scheme or published on the NICE website.

If you are unable to find the information you require you can put your request in writing and send it to us by email to ; or by post to:

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Any request for information must meet the following criteria:

  1. It must be in writing (including email)
  2. It must include a contact name and address of the applicant
  3. It must describe the information requested

Please explain as clearly as you can what information you would like as this will help us to locate the information and process your request quickly and efficiently.

NICE will respond to requests for information within 20 working days starting from the day following receipt of the request. If the response is likely to take longer than this NICE will keep you informed of progress.

If you have any queries about how to submit a request under the Freedom of Information Act please contact the NICE Enquiry Handling team at the address above.


NICE does not currently charge for responding to Freedom of Information requests but this will be kept under review.


Information disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act is still protected by copyright laws. The disclosure does not give the applicant the right to breach the copyright of the copyright holder.

What to do if you are unhappy with our response

If you are unhappy with our response you can request an internal review of our decision in accordance with our complaints policy. Your complaint should be sent to the Associate Director, Corporate Office:

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If you are unhappy with the outcome of the internal review you can request a review by the Information Commissioner.


NICE Publication Scheme

This list describes what information NICE makes routinely available and how it can be accessed.

The Publication Scheme contains seven classes of information - information falling in each of these classes is published on our website and can be accessed using the links on the following pages. All information published on the website can be accessed free of charge.

There is additional information that is made available by NICE but not published on the website. Where this is the case, we have explained how this information can be accessed.


Who we are and what we do

Information on who we are and what we do is available in the about section of the NICE website, and in the NICE Charter.

NICE's role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. We do this by:

  • Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.
  • Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services;
  • Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.

The legislative basis for the work of NICE is set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the Directions provided by the Secretary of State for Health and the Framework Document.

NICE works closely with local and national organisations including the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England, Monitor, and NHS England. It also works with a number of partner organisations / stakeholders and details of these can be found within individual programme areas of the NICE website or on application to NICE.

The Department of Health is the sponsor department for NICE.


Organisational Structure

The Board and senior management team set the strategic direction for NICE and oversee delivery, provide financial stewardship and ensure corporate governance.

NICE Board - the NICE Board is made up of non-executive and executive members including the chairman and holds bi-monthly meetings which are open to the public.

Senior Management Team - the Senior Management Team consists of eight directors including the chief executive.

Guidance Executive - the Guidance Executive consists of eight directors including the chief executive.

NICE is structured into centres and directorates. Centres are responsible for delivering guidance. Directorates provide cross-Institute strategic support for the centres, alongside other corporate responsibilities.


What we spend and how we spend it

Annual statement of accounts - the annual accounts provide a breakdown of funding by departments.

Annual Business Plan

Standing Financial Instructions

Annual reports

Monthly expenditure over £25,000

Board members' and Senior Management Team allowances and expenses - details of Board and SMT expenses are provided quarterly.

Staff pay, organograms and grading structures

The Government has committed to improved transparency about how it spends public money. The programme includes commitments to publish salary information for most Senior Civil Service or equivalent posts and to publish organograms for the entire organisation.

Organogram information was last updated on: 

30 September 2018

The pay structure for Directors is listed in the annual report and accounts. The pay structure for staff is determined by the NHS Agenda for Change pay scales.

Funding - details of all sources of funding as listed in the annual report and accounts.

Corporate credit card expenditure - a general business expenditure of £500 or more charged to NICE corporate credit cards.

NICE also publishes Corporate Credit Card Expenditure over £500 on Data.Gov.

Procurement and tendering procedures - details of our tendering procedures are available on request to NICE.

Contracts currently out for tender

Supplier payment performance

NICE also publishes 5 Day Payment Performance on Data.Gov.


What are our priorities and how we are doing

The following documents relate to our business targets for the forthcoming year.

Annual report

Business Plan


How we make decisions

Agendas, minutes and papers from our main management meetings. In some cases these will be available 6 months after the relevant meeting. Information may also be redacted if it is considered private to the meeting or is otherwise exempt from disclosure. The section also provides information on how we engage with patient, carers and the public and how we conduct public consultation on our draft guidance recommendations.

  • Board Minutes
    NICE holds public Board meetings every two months. We will publish all agendas, papers and minutes for the public meetings for the past 2 years. Archived papers more than 2 years old are available on request.
  • Senior management team
    Minutes and agendas will be placed on the website 6 months after the meeting.  Papers are available on request.
  • Guidance Executive
    NICE holds Guidance Executive meetings every week. They are part of the process of guidance production. The papers are available on request when the guidance they refer to has been published.
  • Patient and Public Involvement
    This section provides information on the work of the Public Involvement Programme and how they involve patients, cares and the public in the work of NICE.
  • Public consultations
    NICE conducts public consultations on all its guidance. Here you will find a list of all current consultations where you can provide comments and feedback on our draft guidance.

Our policies and procedures

Read our main policies, procedures and codes of practice relating to the governance of NICE including those relating to data protection and equality and diversity.


Lists and registers

Below are the main lists maintained by NICE:


The services we offer

The main functions of NICE are to provide guidance in the fields of health, public health and social care. NICE also provides a web-based service, NICE Evidence Resources, that helps people find, access and use high-quality clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice in the NHS and the accreditation of evidence providers.

The Implementation Directorate ensures effective dissemination of guidance to the appropriate target audiences and actively engages with the NHS, local government and the wider community and provides tools to support putting NICE guidance into practice


Evidence Resources


Charges and copyright

There is currently no charge for accessing information held by NICE but this will be kept under review and any changes explained in this publication scheme. The copyright in the material listed in this Publication Scheme is owned by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence unless otherwise stated.

The supply of documents under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not give the recipient of that information the right to re-use the documents in a way that would infringe the copyright of NICE or any third party copyright, for example, by commercial use. Brief extracts of the material may be reproduced under the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 for the purposes of research for non-commercial purposes, private study, criticism, review and news reporting.

Further details are available on the terms and conditions of use web page.


The Enquiry Team manage all general enquiries about NICE, including freedom of information enquiries, and is based in our Manchester office. They can be contacted at:

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