NICE process and methods

8 Key elements of the process

8 Key elements of the process

Table 1 summarises the key elements of the interim clinical guideline updates using standing committees process.

Table 1 Key elements of the process

Development phase

Key elements

Topic selection


  • NICE Information Services search, based on existing review protocols if available

  • Technical analysts review new evidence

  • Clinical Guidelines Updates Committee reviews evidence and develops recommendations


  • NICE consults with stakeholders for 4 weeks

  • Committee reviews stakeholder comments and amends recommendations as needed



  • The new evidence, committee considerations, declarations of interests and final recommendations are published on the NICE website

  • The NICE pathway, 'Information for the public' and any relevant implementation tools and resources are updated in line with the new recommendations