NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing gallstone disease in adults. For more information see the topic overview.

In this quality standard, the term ‘gallstone disease’ refers to stones in the gallbladder or common bile duct, and the symptoms and complications they cause.