Process and methods
1.1 This guide describes the interim methods and process changes that NICE has implemented as a result of the proportionate approach to technology appraisals work done between April 2022 and March 2023. It should be read alongside the relevant sections of the NICE health technology evaluations manual.
1.2 Taking a proportionate approach to technology appraisals allows NICE to increase our capacity and produce more guidance while also ensuring time and resource savings for our partners and stakeholders, such as patient and public involvement groups. It also enables faster access to some medicines for patients. For those working in industry, it means a simpler, faster evaluation process for certain treatments.
1.3 This guide outlines the changes made to:
scheduling of topics
handling of confidential information
the cost comparison process
topic progression after evidence critique
committee decisions outside of formal meetings.
1.4 The changes outlined will be monitored and reviewed. The outcomes will be used to inform the final modular update to the NICE health technology evaluations manual.