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Referencing and copyright

I would like to cite National Guideline Alliance (NGA) guidelines in a paper. Which guideline do I reference?

If you are referring to recommendations in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) NGA guidelines, please cite the short NICE guideline.

If you are referring to the evidence underpinning those recommendations, please cite the full guideline, which is authored by the NGA or its former Collaborating Centres.

I would like to include an extract from a NGA guideline in a book or paper. Do I need to seek permission to do this?

If it is a short extract (less than 100 words) you do not need to seek permission; simply reference the quotation citing the relevant guideline.

If the extract is longer than 100 words, please contact detailing the extract you would like to use and the context in which it will appear.

If the extract is from a personal account from a service user, please contact whatever the length of the quotation.



I am writing an article about women’s health/children’s health/mental health/cancer, and would like to speak to someone about NGA guidelines.

For guidelines that are due to be launched, or have just been launched, please contact the NICE press office using the contact details below:

Media Relations Manager
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
10 Spring Gardens

Tel: +44 20 7045 2173

For all other enquiries, contact


Patient information

I would like to find out more about a particular women’s health/children’s health/mental health/cancer problem, and the treatments for it. How do I do this?

In addition to the NICE guideline and the full guideline, NICE also produces information about each guideline for patients, carers and anyone with an interest in the guidelines. This information is designed for the public and explains the recommendations in user-friendly language and also includes questions that patients and carers can ask their healthcare professional. This information can be found with each guideline on the NICE website.

Unfortunately the NGA is not able to advise individual patients on their treatment and care, but the NICE patient information can tell you about the treatments and the standard of care you can expect from the NHS. You may also be able to find helpful information on the NHS Choices website.

Your local Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) may also be able to provide more information and support. You can contact PALS if you feel you are not being offered the treatment you need.


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