NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the assessment, diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It does not cover prevention, screening or case finding. For more information see the COPD topic overview.

This quality standard was previously called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease quality standard.

In February 2016, this quality standard was updated. A new statement on emergency oxygen during an exacerbation has been added and the other quality statements have been updated.

This quality standard has been updated. The topic was identified for update following the annual review of quality standards in 2014. The review identified that there had been changes in the areas for improvement for COPD. For further information about the update, including statements from the 2011 quality standard that are no longer national priorities for improvement but are still underpinned by current accredited guidance, see update information.

This quality standard should be considered alongside quality statement 2 in the NICE quality standard on smoking: supporting people to stop, which sets out the high-quality requirements for referring people who smoke to an evidence-based smoking cessation service. Smoking is one of the main causes of COPD and encouraging people with COPD to stop smoking is one of the most important components in managing COPD.

This quality standard should also be considered alongside the NICE quality standard on end of life care, which sets out the high-quality requirements for adults approaching the end of their life.