Update information

Update information

September 2014: We reviewed the evidence for progestogen-only subdermal implants and updated the recommendations in section 1.5.

Minor changes since publication

August 2015: The definition of long-acting reversible contraception has been corrected, by removing mention of combined vaginal rings. The recommendations do not cover combined vaginal rings.

The NICE Clinical Guidelines Update Programme updates discrete parts of published clinical guidelines as requested by NICE's Guidance Executive.

Suitable topics for update are identified through the surveillance programme (see surveillance programme interim guide).

The surveillance programme, when reviewing the long‑acting reversible contraception (LARC) guideline, concluded that there were changes to product licensing that meant that the section on progestogen‑only subdermal implants was out of date because the guideline referred specifically to the subdermal implant Implanon, which is no longer available. The full surveillance review decision is available on the NICE website.

NICE's Clinical Guidelines Update Programme updated this guideline in 2014. These guidelines are updated using a Standing Committee of healthcare professionals, methodologists and lay members from a range of disciplines and localities. For the duration of the update, the core members of the Committee are joined by up to 5 additional members who are have specific expertise in the topic being updated. All of the standing members and the topic‑specific members are fully voting members of the Committee.

The interim process and methods guide for the clinical guidelines update pilot programme (2013) can be found here.

New recommendations on progestogen‑only subdermal implants have been added to the progestogen-only subdermal implants section.

This update is an addendum to NICE guideline CG30. New and updated recommendations are marked as:

  • [2014] if the evidence has been reviewed and the recommendation has been added or updated.

Where recommendations end [2005], the evidence has not been reviewed since the original guideline. The original NICE guideline and supporting documents are available here.