The NICE accreditation programme stopped accepting new applications in September 2021 and the renewal programme is suspended.

Guidance producers with accreditation terms which were due for renewal since the suspension took effect are extended and so remain NICE-accredited until the future scope of the programme is updated. 

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The programme

Our highly regarded accreditation programme ran from 2009 to 2016.

It helped to:

  • raise standards in guidance production
  • improve the quality of information produced for health and social care decision-makers.

We're delighted that our intentions of the programme have been achieved. It has been well received and supported, and most of the main guidance producers are now accredited.

We're keen to have an ongoing relationship with accredited guidance producers. We'll continue to encourage them to maintain and improve their processes through a new renewal process.

Guidance produced to an accredited process will continue to carry the accreditation mark for its term. During this time the opportunity will be given to renew the accreditation decision.

The benefits

  • To help health and social care professionals identify trusted sources of guidance developed using critically evaluated processes.
  • To increase the quality of information used by health and social care professionals in decision making.
  • To improve patient outcomes through providing robust evidence for NICE quality standards.

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