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Guidelines

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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Abdominal Hysterectomy for Benign Conditions (Consent Advice No. 4)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining the consent of women undergoing abdominal hysterectomy under general anaesthesia.
Published 20/05/2009
Amniocentesis (Consent Advice No. 6)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining consent of women undergoing amniocentesis.
Published 01/05/2006
Caesarean Section (Consent Advice No. 7)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining consent of a woman undergoing caesarean section.
Published 01/10/2009
Caesarean Section for Placenta Praevia (Consent Advice No. 12)
The aim of this paper is to highlight the additional and specific consequences of caesarean section performed in the presence of placenta praevia.
Published 04/01/2011
Diagnostic Hysteroscopy Under General Anaesthesia (Consent Advice No. 1)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining the consent of women undergoing diagnostic hysteroscopy under general anaesthesia.
Published 01/12/2008
Diagnostic Laparoscopy (Consent Advice No. 2)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining the consent of a woman undergoing diagnostic laparoscopy.
Published 22/06/2017
Female Sterilisation (Consent Advice No. 3)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining consent of women undergoing sterilisation by laparoscopy or hysteroscopy or at the time of caesarean section. 
Published 16/02/2016
Laparoscopic Management of Tubal Ectopic Pregnancy (Consent Advice No. 8)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining consent of women undergoing laparoscopic salpingectomy or salpingotomy for ectopic pregnancy.
Published 23/06/2010
Operative Vaginal Delivery (Consent Advice No. 11)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining consent of a woman undergoing operative vaginal delivery.
Published 02/07/2010
Repair of Third- and Fourth-degree Perineal Tears Following Childbirth (Consent Advice No. 9)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining the consent of women undergoing repair of third- or fourth-degree perineal tears following childbirth.
Published 23/06/2010