NICE and SIGN given accreditation as guideline developers

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 29 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4388
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    NHS Evidence has announced the first three organisations to be accredited under its new scheme to endorse guideline developers. NHS Evidence is a service that was introduced earlier this year by the Department of Health to facilitate access to reliable health and social care information in the United Kingdom.

    The accreditation scheme is designed to make reliable and trusted sources of guidance easily recognisable to doctors trying to decide which guidelines to use in clinical practice. It awards a seal of approval (an accreditation mark) to guidance producers who comply with a defined set of criteria, reflecting that their guidance is robust.

    NHS Evidence announced this week that it has accredited three organisations under the scheme: the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence centre for health technology evaluation (NICE CHTE), which …

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