Developing NICE interventional procedures
This is a brief summary of how NICE develops interventional procedures guidance.
See all interventional procedures guidance currently in development.
- Procedure notified to NICE.
Although clinicians most frequently notify procedures, anyone can make a notification. NICE assesses whether the notified procedure falls within the scope of the Interventional Procedures programme.
- Interest registered.
NICE lists all notified interventional procedures on the website. Individuals and organisations can register an interest in any interventional procedure. Consultees will be notified by email when consultation begins, and can submit comments.
- Overview prepared.
NICE consults at least three specialist advisors and prepares an overview of information about the procedure. An independent advisory committee considers the procedure. Read more about specialist advisors or the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee.
- Consultation document produced.
If IPAC decides to produce guidance, NICE issues a consultation document on the safety and efficacy of the procedure. This is posted on the NICE website for a four-week consultation. See recent consultations.
- Final interventional procedures document produced.
IPAC considers the comments from the consultation, then produces final recommendations for the procedure. This is submitted to NICE for approval.
- Consultees notified.
Once NICE formally approves the final guideline, consultees are notified. They can request a resolution if they think the guidance is inaccurate or the guidance development process has not been followed.
- Guidance issued.
If there are no resolution requests, NICE issues its guidance to the NHS.