Skin cancer prevention - information, resources and environmental changes: review proposal consultation

Consultation on new evidence submitted by the British Association of Dermatologists

A review is being undertaken to decide whether the public health guidance Skin cancer:  prevention using public information, sun protection resources and changes to the environment (NHS and Local Authorities should be revised.

Please note that this is not a full review of the guidance. According to the NICE Public Health process manual ( guidance is updated if new evidence emerges or if sections of the guidance are no longer relevant. NICE usually checks for evidence 3 and 5 years after publication to decide whether all or part of the guidance should be updated. If new evidence is published at other times, NICE may decide to update the recommendations at that time. This review relates to the latter.

All registered stakeholders are invited to comment on the provisional review decision via this website during a 2 week consultation with stakeholders.

Organisations not registered as stakeholders are not able to comment. For further information about how your organisation can become a stakeholder, please see the stakeholder registration page.

Please note - the provisional review decision presented here does not constitute NICE’s formal decision on this topic. The decision is provisional and may change after consultation.

This consultation will take place between Monday 2 April – Friday 13 April 2012

Consultation documents

The process

This is a brief summary of how NICE reviews published public health guidance:

1. Stakeholders register interest
Relevant stakeholders are asked to register for the topic under review. Stakeholders are consulted as part of the review process.

Read more about stakeholder registration

2. Review process begins
The committee responsible for developing the guidance is asked to consider the new evidence submitted. A summary of their discussion and recommendation is included in a review proposal document.

3. Review proposal prepared
The proposal will outline a summary of the committees discussion and outline their recommendation.

4. Consultation on the review proposal
This is a period for registered stakeholders to comment on the review proposal and feed back into the final review decision. Stakeholder comments are summarised are considered at the next available committee meeting

5. Final proposal produced
The NICE Guidance Executive makes the final determination on whether NICE will be updating the guidance on the basis of any new evidence and stakeholder feedback

6. Review decision issued
NICE formalises the review decision on the website.

How to submit your comments

Please provide any comments on the draft review proposal using the stakeholder comments form (ensuring all relevant fields are completed, including your organisation's name). Please forward the form by 5.00 pm Friday 13 April 2012) at the very latest to

If a stakeholder wishes to draw our attention to published literature, please supply the full reference.

The Institute is unable to accept

  • More than one response per stakeholder organisation
  • Comments received after the consultation deadline
  • Comments that are not completed on a stakeholder comments form
  • Confidential information or other material that you would not wish to be made public
  • Comments forms with attachments such as research articles, letters or leaflets. If comments forms do have attachments they will be returned without being read. If the stakeholder resubmits the form without attachments, it must be by the consultation deadline.

What will happen to your comments?

  • All comments (with the exception of personal, individual comments and late comments) will be sent to the project team at the end of the consultation
  • Comments from registered stakeholders will be formally responded to by the project team and posted on the NICE website after the final guidance is published.
  • No action will be taken upon receipt of personal, individual comments and late comments.
  • You should receive an automated acknowledgement from the email box when you email your comments.  If you do not receive this acknowledgement, please contact to ensure your comments have been safely received.

PLEASE NOTE: The Institute reserves the right to summarise and edit comments received during consultations, or not to publish them at all, where in the reasonable opinion of the Institute, the comments are voluminous, publication would be unlawful or publication would be otherwise inappropriate.

Anticipated review decision date: June 2012

This page was last updated: 30 March 2012