Tools and resources
Commenting on a draft guideline
Consultation is a crucial part of developing a guideline. Comments from stakeholders help us to make sure the guideline is accurate and relevant to people who will be using it and to people using services.
We put the draft guideline on our website for consultation (for 4 to 6 weeks).
We tell registered stakeholders that the draft is available and how to submit comments. We want stakeholders' views on important issues, such as how easy it will be for people to follow the recommendations. See box 2 on 'things to think about' for tips on what to comment on.
If your organisation and another stakeholder have similar views on the guideline, we encourage you to send a joint response.
The developer will acknowledge each comment and answer it as completely as possible. The committee considers whether changes to the guideline are needed because of the consultation comments. If changes are made, this is made clear in the response to the comment. If no changes are made, the response to the comment explains why not. Comments and the responses are then published on the NICE website with the revised guideline.
We encourage individuals to comment by contacting a stakeholder organisation. If you send comments direct to us, the committee will consider them but we won't publish a response.
How well do the recommendations:
Do the recommendations include anything that people affected by the guideline might find unacceptable?
Implementing the recommendations
Register your organisation as a stakeholder – see register as a stakeholder on our website.
Choose a contact to coordinate comments in your organisation.
Circulate the draft in your organisation if appropriate, making clear that it is for consultation and asking people to respond to the contact (rather than directly to NICE).
Combine the comments into 1 response from your organisation using the form provided and include the name of your organisation and contact in your response.
Highlight and underline any confidential information in your comments.
Send the comments by the closing date to the dedicated email address for the topic.
This page was last updated: 31 October 2018