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.”
As part of the process NICE reviewed 3 sets of recently produced BSG clinical guidelines. Whilst the process is generally strong, there are some suggestions for improvement that were supported by their external advisers:
The inclusion of the source of funding of BSG guidelines and the scope of funding for GDGs is in a publicly available process manual or on the BSG website.
The inclusion of at least two patient or lay representatives in the guideline development process as part of the GDG is mandatory
Consistency in the amount of detail provided in the search strategy of guidelines
Ensure review dates are included in all guidance and can be easily found