NHMRC’s Guideline Approval Program

The National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 gives the Chief Executive Officer, on the advice of NHMRC Council, the power to approve guidelines developed by an external body.  These are known as NHMRC approved guidelines.

To gain approval a guideline must meet the NHMRC guideline standard and follow the Procedures and requirements for meeting the 2011 NHMRC standard for clinical practice guidelines.

NHMRC approval indicates that these guidelines are of high quality, based on best available scientific evidence and developed to rigorous standards including public consultation and the management of conflicts of interest. NHMRC approved guidelines are recognised in Australia and internationally as representing current medical knowledge and best practice health care.

Guidelines can be considered for approval if they are developed for use throughout Australia by a recognised health organisation such as a college, peak body, professional society, special interest group or government. NHMRC will not approve guidelines developed, published or funded by industry groups, or by organisations whose main source of funding is derived from industry groups.

NHMRC approves guideline recommendations for a period of up to five years, however many developers update their guidelines earlier. Approval is granted to guidelines covering a wide range of topics; recent examples include hip fracture prevention and treatment, dementia, communication and swallowing in children with traumatic brain injury, child restraint in motor vehicles and posttraumatic stress disorder.

For more information on NHMRC guideline approval contact clinicalguidelines@nhmrc.gov.au