NHMRC has rigorous standards in place to ensure that guidelines and public health advice are of a high quality and based on the best available scientific evidence.

NHMRC follows a robust and transparent development and decision making process. This involves determining the questions we want to answer, and then planning the evidence search, analysis and reporting. The evidence is then searched and selected before checking the evidence for bias. The body of evidence will then be described and assessed for certainty, before the results and reporting is presented.

This process has been outlined below in a flow diagram to show the steps involved in reviewing evidence. 

Evidence review pathway flowchart


The process for developing public health guidelines or advice and the quality checks involved are outlined in infographics on the NHMRC website.