Withdrawal from NICE accreditation application

In recent years, the BSA Professional Guidance Group (PGG) has been working towards an application for NICE accreditation of our practice guidance development processes. Work was well advanced on the manual which describes in great detail how we produce practice guidance in order to meet the stringent NICE accreditation criteria. Quite unexpectedly, NICE recently announced closure of its accreditation programme, setting a very short deadline for submission of final applications. Regrettably, the very short notice of this decision by NICE prevents us from completing the remaining work on the manual and we have had no option but to withdraw from the accreditation application process.