Health Select Committee to investigate NICE

February 6, 2007

Commons' Health Committee press notice, 2 February 2007

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 The body
of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal

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
. 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.

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