Reusing our content

We produce a wide range of information as part of our ‘public task’ - our core role and the functions we are under a legal duty to perform.

Permission to use this information, which includes our guidance on health and social care and our corporate documents, is covered by a licensing framework dependent on where our content is to be used.

Read our full public task statement

Use of our content in the UK

All requests to use our content in a UK setting only are covered by the NICE UK Open Content Licence. This allows you to reuse our content, free of charge, subject to the terms and conditions of the licence.

View the NICE UK Open Content Licence

Use of our content internationally

Requests to use our content internationally, except for personal educational purposes, are subject to a licensing agreement.

If you would like to reproduce our content in a publication, application or product outside of the UK, including territories alongside the UK, you must complete the International use of NICE content form.

Find out more about using our content outside of the UK

Use of our COVID-19 content internationally

Our COVID-19 rapid guidelines and evidence summaries are exempt from our overseas reuse application, licence and fee. This means you can:

  • adopt the guidelines for your own healthcare setting
  • adapt the guidelines by combining them with your own local content
  • translate the resultant outputs.

When using content from our COVID-19 rapid guidelines and evidence summaries you must:

  • make all your outputs reusing NICE content freely available to others
  • acknowledge the use of NICE content, and link to the source content on our website
  • only use the NICE logo if the original NICE guidance publication is used in its entirety without including additional content
  • tell us how our content has been used by emailing reuseofcontent@nice.org.uk, to support the evaluation and development of our guidance.

We cannot accept responsibility or liability for the use of our content in third party outputs.

Content assurance service

We offer a content assurance service if your publication, product or service is for use in the UK.

Our experts can review the use of NICE content in your products or services to:

  • check you are using our content accurately
  • check the context is appropriate
  • give feedback on your use of our content.

Find out more about our content assurance service

You can use our endorsement service if you have created a resource to help implement our guidance or quality standards.

What content is available for reuse?

Content available under our NICE UK Open Content Licence and our International Licences are described in our information asset register.

Information asset register

Asset categoryDescriptionConditions of reuse
Published guidance Content of published guidance and supporting outputs published by NICE including, but not limited to:
  • guidelines on clinical, public health and social care topics
  • technology appraisal guidance
  • highly specialised technologies guidance
  • interventional procedures guidance
  • medical technologies guidance
  • diagnostics guidance
  • medicines practice guidance
  • quality standards.
Content containing intellectual property owned by a third party is exempt from reuse requests. This includes documents where the intellectual property rights are not subject to public sector body ownership.
Published advice Content of published advice and supporting outputs published by NICE including, but not limited to:
  • evidence summaries
  • medtech innovation briefings
  • key therapeutic topics
  • local government briefings.
Content containing intellectual property owned by a third party is exempt from reuse requests. This includes documents where the intellectual property rights are not subject to public sector body ownership.
NICE Collections
  • Savings and productivity collections
  • Local practice collection
Content containing intellectual property owned by a third party is exempt from reuse requests. This includes documents where the intellectual property rights are not subject to public sector body ownership.
Images Images on our website and other materials Contact us for Intellectual Property Rights status.
Corporate documents Official documents created to support the administration of NICE’s core functions and activities including, but not limited to:
  • board papers
  • senior management papers
  • committee papers
  • policies and procedures
  • business plans
  • annual reports
  • press releases
  • public consultations.
NICE reserves the right to charge for providing unpublished content.

Is there any content I cannot reuse?

You will not be able to use our content where:

  1. The document is one where the intellectual property is owned by a third party which is not a public sector body subject to the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations (2015).
  2. Content is made available as part of a consultation process and is subject to amendment before formal publication by NICE.
  3. The request is to use the NICE logo and associated ‘marks’.
  4. The information is exempt from access by virtue of the UK’s access to information laws, including, but not exclusively, on the grounds of protecting personal data or commercial in confidence information.

Reuse of public sector information regulations

The amended EU Directive on the 're-use of Public Sector Information (PSI)' came into effect in the UK in July 2015. This requires public sector bodies to make their information available for reuse free of charge for commercial and non-commercial purposes so long as the activity falls outside the organisation’s ‘public task’.

NICE has taken a broader approach to cover not only reuse but use of its content. This means that our content can be used if it mirrors our ‘public task’ and also if the reuse activity adds value to what we do.

What if I'm not happy with your reuse of content policy?

Please read our reuse policy and complaints procedure (PDF) and send any complaints about decisions made by NICE under the regulations to:

David Coombs
Associate director, corporate office
david.coombs@nice.org.uk

Queries and requests

If you have a query about reusing our content, please get in touch.

We'll need to know:

  • your name and contact details
  • the content you would like to reuse
  • how you intend to reuse the content and its purpose.

Contact us