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15 years of NICE

This year, NICE celebrates its 15th anniversary.
Use the timeline to find out more about some of our achievements
  • 1999


    The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) was established on 1 April 1999 by the then Secretary of State for Health, Frank Dobson. First NICE guidance published on zanamivir for flu

  • 2000


    Guidelines Advisory Committee established. First full technology appraisal published on the removal of wisdom teeth

  • 2001


    Launch of six National Collaborating Centres to help NICE develop clinical guidelines

  • 2002


    Citizens Council is formed to provide a public input into the work of NICE

  • 2003


    Research and Development programme established

  • 2004


    Implementation strategy created

  • 2005


    NICE merges with the Health Development Agency to form the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Public health programme established

  • 2006


    Northern Ireland Executive formalises its relationship with NICE. NICE publishes first single technology appraisal to speed up guidance production process

  • 2007


    ‘Short�clinical guidelines introduced �first one focused on adults in hospital with an acute illness

  • 2008


    NICE Fellows and Scholars programme announced. 500th piece of NICE guidance issued

  • 2009


    NICE takes on the responsibility for developing and reviewing indicators for the Quality and Outcomes Framework. NICE International launches

  • 2010


    Our 25th piece of public health guidance is published on the prevention of cardiovascular disease. 200th technology appraisal, on peginterferon alfa and ribavirin for the treatment of hepatitis C

  • 2011


    The Department of Health asks NICE to run a pilot programme for developing social care quality standards for dementia care and the wellbeing of looked-after children.

  • 2012


    The official NICE Guidance app is launched for users of Android and iPhone smartphones. BNF app launches, followed by the BNFc app

  • 2013


    NICE awards a contract to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), and its partner organisations, to support the development of its social care guidance and quality standards, as the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care

  • 2014


    NICE becomes known as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence