3 Further information

3.1 The Institute has issued technology appraisals on the use of pimecrolimus and tacrolimus, and topical steroids for atopic dermatitis (eczema), and on etanercept and efalizumab for the treatment of adults with psoriasis. A clinical guideline on atopic eczema in children is in development [Now published as 'Management of atopic eczema in children from birth up to the age of 12 years'].

3.2 'The ionising radiation (medical exposure) regulations 2000', issued by The Department of Health and enforced by the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection, should be referred to when radiation is used in a medical context. The equivalent regulations in Northern Ireland are 'The ionising radiation (medical exposure) regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000'.

Andrew Dillon
Chief Executive
November 2007

Sources of evidence

The evidence considered by the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee is described in the following document.

'Interventional procedure overview of Grenz rays therapy for inflammatory skin conditions', March 2007.

Information for patients

NICE has produced information describing its guidance on this procedure for patients and their carers ('Understanding NICE guidance'). It explains the nature of the procedure and the decision made, and has been written with patient consent in mind.