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

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.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We checked this quality standard in 2018. The source guidance on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has been updated.

Next review: August 2019

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards