NICE launches COVID-19 diagnostics evidence standards framework

In order to guide developers of diagnostic tests for the coronavirus strain currently causing a pandemic, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched a framework against which evidence quality can be measured.

NICE says:

“This framework is a 3-stage approach to collecting the best possible data and
evidence in the short and long term, while tests are being quickly developed and
validated during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The document guides developers through the stages:

  1. Doing a good diagnostic test accuracy study
  2. Demonstrating clinical significance
  3. Developing the value proposition

The information in the Framework is detailed and helpful, and provides a number of general lessons that are of use to any diagnostics development.

Find the framework on the NICE COVID-19 website.

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Published on 16. July 2020 in News, News UK