This page contains details of ongoing consultations where the opinion and input of BIA members is sought.
If you are commenting on any consultation as an individual or on behalf of another organisation such as RCPath and you belong to the BIA please do copy your form to BIA@Hartleytaylor.co.uk. Responders will receive a BIA Guideline Review Support Certificate which can be used to self-credit up to 10 CPD points for commenting on a consultation and we will incorporate your individual/other organisation response into the response of the BIA.
The following consultations and surveys are currently open:
- UK SMI B 55: investigation of H pylori gastric biopsies. Open until 4th May 2018
- IPC Policies Questionnaire
- NICE quality standard: Emergency and acute medical care. Open until 14th May 2018
- Healthcare professional survey: pharma communications strategies
Comments are requested by 4th May 2018. Please use the consultation form provided on the website.
Health and Social care providers in England are required to have in place a number of IPC policies in order to comply with the Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.
We are interested in finding out what the current burden is for health and social care workers in the development of IPC policies and if using a national IPC Manual and guidelines such as those adopted in Scotland would reduce the burden, duplication and disparity of policy development in England. This questionnaire is hosted by Public Health England, but has been developed by a multidisciplinary Task and Finish Group that includes representation from across the health and social care sector.
The IPC policies questionnaire can be accessed using the link below:
Please contact the AMR Programme Officer at Rifat.Soyfoo@phe.gov.uk should you have any queries.
The consultation period for this quality standard is currently open; click for NICE webpage
Please submit your comments on the form listed on the website and ensure all relevant fields are completed. Responses must be submitted to QSconsultations@nice.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 14 May 2018.
Do you want to influence how you communicate with Pharma?
This survey is around pharma’s relationship with doctors and what they feel is appropriate / optimal in terms of content / channel of communication. The idea is to raise awareness in the pharmaceutical industry of how doctors want to be communicated with. The results of the survey will be published in the pharmaceutical press (pharmaphorum) as well as circulated through industry contacts. This is an opportunity for doctors to have a say in the way that they communicate with the pharma industry and should hopefully help to stimulate meaningful debate at a time where the relationship is somewhat strained.
Recently Published Consultations
NICE guideline: Lyme disease. Published April 2018
NICE guideline: otitis media (acute): antimicrobial prescribing. Published March 2018
NICE guidance: Cystic Fibrosis - Diagnosis and management. Published October 2017
NICE consultation on proposed changes to the technology appraisals programme - phase 2. Consultation closed 01/03/18
UK NSC consultation on chlamydia screening in pregnancy. Consultation closed 22/02/18
BHIVA Standards of Care for People Living with HIV 2018. Consultation closed 20/02/18
BHIVA guidelines for the management of HIV infection in pregnant women 2018. Consultation closed 19/02/18
BHIVA guidelines for the management of TB/HIV co-infection in adults. Consultation closed 09/02/18
NICE guideline on hip, knee and shoulder replacement. Consultation closed 05/02/18
UK SMI B 29: Investigation of specimens for screening for MRSA. Consultation closed 02/02/18
Use of organs from Hepatitis C viraemic donors in Hepatitis C negative recipients. Consultation closed 02/02/18
NICE QS on cystic fibrosis. Consultation closed 19 January 2018. Expected publication: 18 May 2018
Topic engagement exercise: NICE emergency and acute medical care QS. Consultation closed 01/12/17. Click for BIA comments.
UK NSC consultation: guidance on the development, production and review of information to support screening. Consultation closed 16/11/17. We hope to publish responses and an updated version of the guidance within 12 weeks of the conclusion of the consultation.
NICE QS Consultation: HIV testing - encouraging uptake. Published September 2017.
NICE QS Consultation: Physical health of people in prison. Published September 2017.
UK NSC consultation: antenatal screening for human t-cell lymphotrophic virus (HTLV). Consultation closed 28/09/17
PHE UK guidelines for the management of contacts of invasive Group A Streptococcus infection in community settings. Consultation closed 02/10/17
British Society for Rheumatology draft guidelines: Biological DMARD safety guidelines in inflammatory arthritis. Consultation closed 04/09/17.
NICE guidance on emergency and acute medical care in over 16s: service delivery and organisation. Consultation closed 14/08/17. Expected publication date: 20/12/17. Click for BIA comments submitted
NICE guideline on sore throat (acute): antimicrobial prescribing. Consultation closed 14/08/17. Expected publication date tbc. Click for BIA comments submitted
Stakeholder consultation: High Consequence Infectious Diseases Interim Paediatric. Consultation closed 19/07/17.
NICE draft guideline: Flu vaccination - increasing uptake. Expected publication date: 10/01/2018.
Click for BIA comments on this consultation
NICE Surveillance Reports - Healthcare associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care. Survey closed 27/06/17.
UK SMI V 04 - Investigation of hepatitis B infection. Consultation closed 26/06/17.
NICE draft guideline on sinusitis (acute): antimicrobial prescribing. Consultation closed 23/06/17. Expected publication date: 25 August 2017.
NICE draft guideline on cystic fibrosis: diagnosis and management. Published 25 October 2017. Click for BIA comments.
UK National Screening Committee consultation: screening for Group B Streptococcus in pregnancy. Consultation closed 25/01/17. Expected review completion date: March 2017.
Bezlotoxumab for preventing recurrent Clostridium difficile infection ID1068. Consultation closed 19/12/16
NICE Quality Standard Topic Engagement Exercise: HIV testing: encouraging uptake. Consultation closed 5/12/16.
NICE guideline on Managing Common Infections. Consultation closed 28/11/16. Expected publication date tbc.
NICE Quality Standard Consultation: Vaccine uptake in under 19's. Consultation closed 29/09/16. Expected publication date: January 2017.
NICE Diagnostics Consultation Document: Integrated multiplex PCR tests for identifying gastrointestinal pathogens in people with suspected gastroenteritis (xTAG Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel, FilmArray GI Panel and Faecal Pathogens B assay). Consultation closed 09/09/16. Expected publication date: January 2017.
NICE guideline CG139 Healthcare-associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care. Consultation on the decision NOT to update this guideline closed 02/09/16.
NICE Consultation on Abbreviated Technology Appraisal (ATA) Process. Consultation closed 24/08/16. Comments are currently being reviewed and an updated version is due to be presented to the NICE board in November 2016.
RCPath guidance on the communication of critical results. This document was produced by Dr Bernie Croal. This document was online for consultation from 20 July to 17 August 2016 and the author is now considering the feedback. Click for consultation document.
Report from the EUCAST Subcommittee on the role of whole genome sequencing (WGS) in antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Consultation closed 24/06/16.
NICE Guideline: Sickle cell disease: managing acute painful episodes in hospital - Surveillance consultation. Consultation closed 02/06/16. Anticipated review decision publication: August 2016
UK SMI V 37: Chlamydia trachomatis infection - testing by Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT). Consultation closed 31/05/16. Feedback currently being analysed.
NICE draft guideline consultation: Multimorbidity: clinical assessment and management. Guideline published September 2016.
NICE Quality Standard consultation: Hip fracture (update). Consultation closed 5/5/16. Anticipated publication: November 2016.
Survey on UK-wide provision of travel medicine training. Survey closed 6 January 2016.
NICE draft guideline consultation: Improving supportive and palliative care in adults (update). Consultation closed 28 January 2016.
NICE survey on diagnostic services: current practice. Consultation closed 29 January 2016.