The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has launched a consultation of its draft appraisals methods guide.
The Institute’s Guide To The Methods Of Technology Appraisal document provides an overview of the principles and methods used by NICE to assess health technologies (drugs and other treatments).
It is a guide both for the independent advisory committees that prepare NICE guidance and for those organisations representing patient groups, health professionals and manufacturers that submit evidence and comment on draft recommendations.
Stakeholders, health care professionals and members of the public now have the opportunity to comment on the draft technology appraisal methods guide from the NICE website until 29 February 2008.
Carole Longson, Health Technology Evaluation Centre Director, said: “NICE is the global leader in evaluating the benefits of new drugs and treatments.
“Our methods guide underpins the development of all of our appraisal guidance, it is therefore very important that we regularly review it to take into account the latest research and to reflect changes in health care economics.
“This review has been a valuable process which has enabled us to incorporate the views of a variety of stakeholders. We are now keen to hear from other stakeholders and the public in order to hear how they think our approach should evolve so that we can stay at the sharp edge of this important work.”