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NHS: Medical Treatments

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Evidence Review Groups are required to complete their assessments within the timetables set by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for (a) multiple and (b) single technology appraisals. (322514)

Under the contract between the Department and the Technology Assessment Review (TAR) teams which support the work of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Evidence Review Group reports for single technology appraisals are produced within eight weeks from the date of the industry submission and assessment reports for multiple technology appraisals are produced within 28 weeks from the TAR team's receipt: of the final scope from NICE. This assumes that preceding stages have been completed according to the stipulated guidance.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to publish its response to the consultation on its response to Sir Ian Kennedy's report on Appraising the Value of Innovation. (322594)

Publication of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) final response to Sir Ian Kennedy's report on Appraising the Value of Innovation is a matter for NICE as an independent body. We understand that a draft response to Sir Ian's report was discussed at NICE'S board meeting on 17 March 2010 and NICE will confirm its plans for publication in due course.