Horizon Scanning and Information Services

Executive Summary

Horizon scanning gives information to Government and to NICE about products likely to require appraisal in the future. It allows the health service to prepare for cost impact and implementation of guidance well in advance of change. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) relies on horizon scanning to set its priorities for topic selection, determining which products it will actually assess. Our page briefs you on the role of the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory (NIHRIO) in this process. We also let you know what to prepare when making a submission for horizon scanning, and how you can influence the process.