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‘No scope’ for the NCEC to approve bodies for guideline development

According to the minutes of a meeting of the committee, seen by the Medical Independent, Dr Paul Kavanagh queried whether there was any scope for approving an entity on the basis of good governance for guideline development, rather than on the basis of a submission to the NCEC.

NCEC Chair, Prof Hilary Humphries, advised that while NICE does accredit certain bodies for guideline development, the situation in Ireland is that the Department of Health and the Minister for Health are endorsing guidelines so there is no scope at present for such a move.

Dr Ian Callinan queried whether the NCEC has the resources to help some of the guideline development groups (GDGs) that require additional assistance to complete guidelines.

In response, it was stated that the Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU) has been enhanced in the Department and has increased capacity to assist GDGs.

Dr Mairín Ryan advised that the Budget Impact Guidance Assessment for Guideline Developers will be published in the coming months.

The NCEC was established by the Minister for Health in September 2010 and meets four times a year.

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