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NICE Diagnostics consultation: Biomarker tests to help diagnose preterm labour in women with intact membranes

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is producing guidance on using biomarker tests (Actim Partus, PartoSure and the Rapid fFN 10Q Cassette Kit) in the NHS in England. The diagnostics advisory committee has considered the evidence base and the views of clinical and patient experts.

The advisory committee is interested in receiving comments on the following:

  • Has all of the relevant evidence been taken into account?
  • Are the summaries of clinical and cost effectiveness reasonable interpretations of the evidence?
  • Are the provisional recommendations sound, and a suitable basis for guidance to the NHS?

The consultation will close on 3rd April.  More details available from NICE here


Surveillance report 2017 – Maternal and child nutrition (2008) NICE guideline PH11 to be updated

In 2014, the previous surveillance decision was that the guideline should be updated but that the update should wait until the following reports had published:

  • Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) working group review of the dietary reference values for vitamin D intake.
  • NICE public health guideline on vitamin D.
  • The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) report on assessing the health benefits and risks of the introduction of peanut and hen’s egg into the infant diet before six months of age in the UK.
  • SACN sub-group on Maternal and Child Nutrition (SMCN) report on feeding in the first year of life.

The first 3 listed reports have published, and the SACN’s report on feeding in the first year of life is expected to publish in mid-2018. Additionally, several of NICE’s maternity-related guidelines are currently being updated and there are plans to update NICE guidance on weight management before during and after pregnancy.

After considering all the evidence and views of topic experts, it was decided that a full update is necessary for this guideline.

Read the full details on evidence and reasoning behind the proposed update here

NICE Multiple Pregnancy (update): draft scope consultation

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This guideline will update the NICE guideline on Multiple pregnancy: antenatal 5 care for twin and triplet pregnancies (CG129), and will also be used to update the NICE quality standard for 10 Multiple pregnancy: twin and triplet pregnancies (QS46).

The surveillance process identified that the topic of intrapartum care related to multiple pregnancy should be added.

The consultation will close on 3/10/17

Download the consultation documents and surveillance review from here

Clinical guideline CG156 updated. Fertility problems: assessment and treatment


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This NICE guideline covers diagnosing and treating fertility problems. It aims to reduce variation in practice and improve the way fertility problems are investigated and managed.

In September 2017, we stood down section 1.7 in this guideline as it has been superseded by publication of the NICE guideline on endometriosis

View the updated guideline here

NICE Clinical Guideline CG192 (update): Antenatal and postnatal mental health

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This NICE guideline covers recognising, assessing and treating mental health problems in women who are planning to have a baby, are pregnant, or have had a baby or been pregnant in the past year. It covers depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, drug- and alcohol-use disorders and severe mental illness (such as psychosis, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia). It promotes early detection and good management of mental health problems to improve women’s quality of life during pregnancy and in the year after giving birth.

In August 2017, we added footnotes to recommendations 1.2.3, 1.4.27, 1.4.28 and 1.4.29 with a link to the MHRA toolkit on the risks of valproate medicines in female patients. We also updated a crosslink in recommendation 1.8.23 to link to the NICE guideline on violence and aggression. Footnotes were also added to recommendations 1.4.17 and 1.9.9 advising people that the UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory is available as an additional resource when seeking advice about specific drugs.

Download the updated guidance here