This quality standard covers contraception for women, including emergency contraception. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover sexual health and preventing sexually transmitted infections.

It does not cover areas of national policy. However, the Department of Health’s Commissioning sexual health services and interventions: best practice for local authorities should be read alongside this quality standard.

Keeping quality standards up to date

This quality standard is reviewed each year and updated if needed.

Next review: August 2017

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards