New NICE guidelines manual published

The new manual for developing NICE guidelines has been published on 1 October 2014, on the NICE website. The manual was approved by the NICE Board on 17 September, following a three month public consultation. NICE would like to thank everyone who contributed comments on the draft manual; all consultation comments and responses are also available on the NICE website.

The new manual will be used in future to develop all NICE guidelines, including clinical, medicines practice, safe staffing, public health and social care topics. The manual sets out a consistent process for developing guidelines across different areas, and will increase transparency by documenting the rationale for use of different methods.

The manual will be implemented from 1 January 2015 for all guidelines that start from this date. Topics that are in the final stages will continue to be developed to their current processes and methods until completion. Other topics already in development will undergo a planned transition to the new manual, and NICE will be in contact with registered stakeholders regarding the implementation schedule for these topics.