This topic was considered by the medical technology advisory committee, which is a standing advisory committee of NICE.
Committee members are asked to declare any interests in the technology to be appraised. If it is considered there is a conflict of interest, the member is excluded from participating further in that evaluation.
The minutes of each committee meeting, which include the names of the members who attended and their declarations of interests, are posted on the NICE website.
Each medical technologies guidance topic is assigned to a team consisting of 1 or more technical analysts (who act as technical leads for the topic), a technical adviser and a project manager.
Sarah Douglas and Liesl Millar