The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has made an alteration to its technology appraisal (TA) process as an interim measure.
In a communication to the industry, NICE says:
“We are replacing the current technical report by re-framing the Evidence Review Group (ERG) report so that it is presented in an issues-based style. The final ERG report will be circulated for engagement with a structured reply form for stakeholder feedback, along with consultee evidence submissions. Giving the company a ‘right to reply’ to the ERG report addresses one of industry’s major criticism of the old process, where feedback was restricted to correction of factual inaccuracies and there was no opportunity to air differences of opinion.
“We are also moving from a single call with the company and all stakeholders, to two separate calls, one for the company and one for the experts (patient and professional).”
This adapted process applies to any TA for which the invitation to participate was issued from May 2020 onwards.
It is hoped that the new approach to the ERG technical engagement step will improve the quality of the step for all stakeholders, and will help NICE proceed efficiently through the backlog of work triggered by COVID-19 mitigation actions.
At time of writing, this development had not been published on the NICE website TA section here.