Horizon Scanning and Information Services

Executive Summary

Horizon scanning provides information to Government and the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (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. NICE relies on horizon scanning to set its priorities for topic selection, determining which products it will actually assess. This page briefs you on the role of the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory (NIHRIO) in this process, the steps required when making a submission for horizon scanning, and how you can make the most of the process.