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The RCOG produces guidelines as an aid to good clinical practice. Our guidelines present recognised methods and techniques for clinical practice, based on published evidence, for consideration by obstetricians/gynaecologists and other relevant health professionals. Find out more about the different types of guideline we publish.

All guidelines on this website are current and remain so until replaced. Find out how to access previous versions of guidelines.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy
Version 6: updated Friday 3 April 2020. Guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland.
Published 03/04/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and abortion care
Version 2: Published Wednesday 1 April 2020 – guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and abortion care, published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and the British Society and Abortion Care Providers.
Published 01/04/2020
Elective Egg Freezing for Non-Medical Reasons (Scientific Impact Paper No. 63)
This Scientific Impact Paper examines the reasons behind the increasing numbers of women choosing to freeze their eggs (cryopreservation of oocytes) in the absence of a medical condition, the efficacy and safety of the technique, the ethical considerations, and the importance of improved and continuing fertility education to optimise success rates.
Published 27/02/2020
Maternal Collapse in Pregnancy and the Puerperium (Green-top Guideline No. 56)
This guideline covers the different causes of maternal collapse, the identification of women at increased risk and the management of maternal collapse.
Published 17/12/2019
Reproductive Implications and Management of Congenital Uterine Anomalies (Scientific Impact Paper No. 62)
The task of counselling and caring for women diagnosed with congenital uterine anomalies (CUAs) is complex because of four issues: inconsistent classifications, the use of diverse diagnostic modalities, the challenges associated with determining the reproductive impact of each anomaly using published data, and the absence of a single randomised controlled trial to address surgical management of CUAs. The aim of this Scientific Impact Paper is to address these issues and make recommendations.
Published 21/11/2019
Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (Green-Top Guideline No. 74)
This is the proposed scope for the new RCOG Green-top Guideline on Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing.
Published 31/10/2019
Morcellation for myomectomy or hysterectomy (Consent Advice No. 13)
This paper provides advice for healthcare professionals obtaining consent from individuals undergoing myomectomy or hysterectomy for benign conditions, where the use of morcellation is being considered.
Published 10/10/2019
British Menopause Society update on HRT supply shortages
In response to the ongoing hormone replacement shortages, the British Menopause Society has issued a further update on the current availability of HRT products.
Published 23/08/2019
Care of Women Presenting with Suspected Preterm Prelabour Rupture of Membranes from 24+0 Weeks of Gestation (Green-top Guideline No. 73)
This guideline covers recommendations for the diagnosis, assessment, care and timing of birth of women presenting with suspected PPROM from 24+0 to 36+6 weeks of gestation. It also addresses care in a subsequent pregnancy.
Published 18/06/2019
Labetalol tablets supply issue
The Department of Health and Social Care has written to all Trusts with urgent advice about UK-wide supply issues with Labetalol tablets of all strengths.
Published 15/04/2019