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Public consultation launched on changes to NICE’s standard practices

By June 30, 2023No Comments

public consultation on updates to NICE’s health technology evaluations manual is now open.

Running for four weeks, the consultation will cover two overarching changes:

  • Incorporating NICE’s proportionate approach to technology appraisals into the manual.
  • Revised approach to updating technology appraisal recommendations for COVID-19 medicines.

The consultation marks the first update to the NICE health technology evaluations manual. Published in January 2022, the manual sets out the process for deciding how topics are identified, selected and routed for NICE guidance developed by the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation (CHTE).

This includes diagnostics, highly specialised technologies, interventional procedures, medical technologies and technology appraisal guidance.

The first part of this consultation is on formally including a proportionate approach to technology appraisals.

In April 2023, and following a year of pilot activity, NICE launched interim methods and processes for its proportionate approach to technology appraisals.

Through this approach we can apply light-touch, faster evaluations to simpler, low-risk treatments. This allows us to produce rapid guidance for these topics and ensures we continue to have enough time for complex areas that need tailored support.

We developed this approach during 2022-23, leading to guidance being produced up to 20 weeks faster than our normal processes.

We have now incorporated details of this approach into the NICE health technology evaluations manual, and we are seeking comments on the relevant updated sections of the manual.

Comment on the consultation.