This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing drug allergy in adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover treating acute allergic reactions to drugs. Emergency treatment for severe, life‑threatening allergic reactions is covered in NICE’s quality standard for anaphylaxis.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.