Health Committee Press Notice No 11

2 February 2007
Session 2006-07
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)


2 February 2007
Session 2006-07
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)


2 February 2007
Session 2006-07
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

The Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into aspects of the work of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Areas of particular interest include:

€ why NICE's decisions are increasingly being challenged;

€ whether public confidence in the Institute is waning, and if so why;

€ NICE's evaluation process, and whether any particular groups are disadvantaged by the process;

€ the speed of publishing guidance;

€ the appeal system;

€ comparison with the work of the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN); and

€ the implementation of NICE guidance, both technology appraisals and clinical guidelines (which guidance is acted on, which is not and the reasons for this).


Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format€”not PDF format€”and sent by e-mail to [email protected] The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address.

The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

The deadline is Friday 23 March 2007.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should be no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/witnessguide.pdf . Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail.

Evidence sessions are likely to commence after the Easter recess and a later press notice will give details of these.

The Health Committee is a Select Committee of the House of Commons. It is appointed under Standing Order No.152 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Health and associated public bodies. The Committee has the power to send for persons, papers and records.