Evidence-based recommendations on biomarker tests to help diagnose preterm labour in women with intact membranes. The tests are Actim Partus, PartoSure and the Rapid fetal fibronectin (fFN) 10Q Cassette Kit (at thresholds other than 50 nanograms/millilitre).

Guidance development process

How we develop NICE diagnostics guidance

Next review: July 2021

Your responsibility

This guidance represents the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, healthcare professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account. However, the guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to implement the guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. Nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.

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