Quality standard

This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

 We’ve produced new guidance on community-based care of patients with COPD to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is relevant to statements 2 to 7 in this quality standard and may help to support using the quality standard during this time.

It does not cover COPD prevention, screening or case finding. Support and access to services to help people stop smoking are covered in NICE’s quality standard for smoking: supporting people to stop.

In February 2016, this quality standard was updated in response to an annual review, which identified changes in the areas for improvement for this topic. For more information see update information.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.