Clinical guidelines: the endorsement process

The RCPCH Clinical Standards Committee endorses high quality guidelines produced by other organisations such as National guideline developers (NICE and SIGN), other Royal Colleges, relevant professional bodies and interested specialty groups. Before being endorsed these guidelines are appraised to ensure high standards of development.

Criteria for endorsement of clinical guideline 

The College has a set criterion for endorsement of clinical guidelines and other products that set up standards for paediatric practice.
The College's document, setting the standards for development of clinical guidelines in paediatrics and child health (2016), outlines the criteria standards for endorsement.
Those are:
  1. The clinical guideline has been developed with College involvement from the outset (registered with CS)
  2. The clinical guideline has been developed with adequate paediatric involvement from the outset (a RCPCH representative has been a member of GDG)
  3. The clinical guideline methodology has been applied and all guideline development stages have been followed (i.e. the key criteria of the AGREE II tool (PDF, 1.96MB, 59 Pages) have been met). Not applicable for NICE accredited organisations
  4. The wording of the recommendations is a fair reflection of the evidence
  5. The clinical guideline adequately addresses comments made during consultation.

The endorsement process

  1. Please register your interest/request by completing the Application for Development or Endorsement of Clinical Guideline (MS Doc, 147KB, 1 page) and submitting it to the Clinical Standards Team
  2. RCPCH will inform you within a week if your document is eligible for appraisal. If your document is not eligible, the team will advise on how best to proceed
  3. After eligibility is confirmed, the Guideline Methodology Assessment Form (MS Doc, 70KB, 4 pages) will be sent requesting further information which is expected to be received within 2 weeks
  4. After receiving the completed assessment form and any other relevant information, the team will respond with a decision within 2-4 weeks
  5. endorsement pic.gifIf the product is recommended for endorsement, a formal confirmation letter will be sent together with the RCPCH endorsement logo (sample below) to be display in the cover of the guideline. If the document does not meet the criteria for endorsement, you will be asked to resubmit further information (note RCPCH re-appraisal will take 2-3 weeks)
  6. Once endorsement has been granted, a summary will be posted on the RCPCH endorsed clinical guidelines webpage. This will then be submitted for consideration for circulation via the monthly College e-Bulletin.


Application for Development or Endorsement of Clinical Guidelines (PDF, 147KB, 1 Page)

Guideline Methodology Assessment Form (MS Doc, 70KB, 4 pages)