NICE renews BSG accreditation for Clinical Guidelines

Dr Rupert Ransford, BSG Guidelines Lead/ Guidelines Editor Gut says: “we are delighted to announce that the British Society of Gastroenterology has successfully renewed the accreditation by NICE to follow detailed BSG processes in order to produce high quality clinical guidelines. This renewed accreditation is now valid for 5 years until 2023 and continues from the original accreditation which was achieved in 2013. The BSG can continue to use the highly coveted NICE Accreditation Mark and looks forward to producing independent, evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill health in Gastroenterology and Hepatology”. Professor Emad M El-Omar, Editor in Chief at GUT says “Gut is very proud to publish the BSG Guidelines, which are of the highest international calibre. These Guidelines are respected and followed the world over and have certainly contributed to the success of our journal.”

BSG guidelines deal with the investigation, management and prevention of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

These Guidelines and guidance documents have been prepared or endorsed by the British Society of Gastroenterology. They represent a consensus of best practice based on the available evidence at the time of preparation. They may not apply in all situations and should be interpreted in the light of specific clinical situations and resource availability. Clinical decisions involve a complex analysis of the patient’s condition and available routes of action which may lead a clinician to take a course of action that varies from these guidelines or guidance. Guidelines and guidance documents are not rules and should not be interpreted as establishing a legal standard of care.

British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines aim to improve the standard of practice of clinical gastroenterology and hepatology and represent a consensus of best practice based on the available evidence. Accreditation of the process we use to produce best practice clinical guideline through the NICE Accreditation Programme demonstrates that our guidelines are of a very high quality. We are confident that NICE accreditation will heighten the standing of our guidelines and will lead to further improvement in the quality of patient care.

Guidelines Policy

Guideline Development Within the BSG Clinical Services and Standards Committee Policies

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Dr Andy Douds, our previous Guidelines Lead (2016-2018), gives an overview of the BSG guidelines below.


Hepatocellular carcinoma: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up

A. Vogel, et al. Annals of Oncology 29 (Supplement 4): iv238–iv255, 2018 doi:10.1093/annonc/mdy308

The use of faecal microbiota transplant as treatment for recurrent or refractory Clostridium difficile infection and other potential indications

Mullish BH, et al. Gut 2018;0:1–32. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2018-316818

Guidelines for the investigation of chronic diarrhoea in adults: BSG, 3rd edition

Arasaradnam RP, et al. Gut 2018;0:1–20. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2017-315909

BSG and UKPBC primary biliary cholangitis treatment and management guidelines

Hirschfield GM, et al. Gut 2018;0:1–27. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2017-315259

UK Guidelines on Oesophageal Dilatation in Clinical Practice

Sami SS, et al. Gut 2018;0:1–24. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2017-315414

Guidelines on the management of abnormal liver blood tests


NICE guideline on colorectal cancer: diagnosis and management

Clinical guideline [CG131]

Quality standards in upper gastrointestinal endoscopy: a position statement of the BSG and AUGIS


BSG position statement on serrated polyps in the colon and rectum


Revised British Society of Gastroenterology recommendation on the diagnosis and management of Barrett’s oesophagus with low-grade dysplasia


UK guideline on transition of adolescent and young persons with chronic digestive diseases from paediatric to adult care


Updated guideline on the management of common bile duct stones (CBDS)


Cirrhosis in over 16s: assessment and management

NICE guideline [NG50]

NICE Guideline on Liver Disease (non-alcoholic fatty [NAFLD])

NICE guideline [NG49]

Guideline for obtaining valid consent for gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures


Endoscopy in patients on antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapy, including direct oral anticoagulants


NICE guideline on coeliac disease: recognition, assessment and management

NICE clinical guideline [NG20]

BSG-ACPGBI guidelines for the management of large non-pedunculated colorectal polyps


UK Guidelines for the Management of Variceal Haemorrhage in Cirrhotic Patients


ESGE Guidelines on Small-Bowel Capsule Endoscopy (BSG Endorsed)

DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1391855

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