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Submission Resources

Refer to the Submission Guidance and Guideline Submission Checklist documents in the Guideline Submission Kit for instructions on submitting.

Submission FAQs

What are NGC's criteria for inclusion?

See the Inclusion Criteria page.

Are there copyright restrictions on the information accessed through the NGC Web site at www.guideline.gov?

There are no copyright restrictions that prevent users from copying and/or distributing content found on NGC, provided that all content is appropriately identified. NGC's content (i.e., guideline summaries, guideline syntheses, and expert commentaries) is available for public use, and we encourage the distribution of our content, particularly for educational purposes. NGC content may not be used for commercial and/or product endorsement purposes.

Although most of NGC's content is free of restrictions, exceptions occur where individual guideline developers have requested otherwise. Refer to the Copyright Statement field at the end of each summary to determine if whether such restrictions apply and if users need to contact the guideline developer.

NGC seeks and receives permission from guideline developers to include summaries of the original full-text guidelines that appear at www.guideline.gov. NGC does not have the authority to grant copyright clearance for the original full-text guidelines upon which the summaries are based. If you are interested in using/distributing the original full-text guideline, you must contact the guideline developer.

How does NGC use the submitted guideline documentation?

This documentation is reviewed against the Inclusion Criteria and subsequently used to develop summaries of guidelines that meet these criteria.

What are examples of supporting documents that can be submitted to NGC?

Guideline developers submit a variety of documents to NGC including the following:

  • Original guideline document(s)
  • Documents detailing the specific methodology for the guideline (e.g., systematic reviews, evidence syntheses, technology assessment reports)
  • Documents describing the developer's process for guideline development
  • Patient resources (fact sheets, patient versions of guideline recommendations, pamphlets/brochures, etc.)
  • Tools to assist in implementation (quick reference guides, mobile device resources, pocket guides, algorithms, order sets, chart documentation, slide sets, etc.)
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) material
  • Other companion documents (e.g., background material, costing statements)

What happens after submission?

  • Submissions are acknowledged upon receipt and reviewed against the Inclusion Criteria by the NGC inclusion team.
  • Guidelines that meet the Inclusion Criteria, and have provided copyright permission (where applicable), are accepted for inclusion and the developer receives notification of acceptance.
  • If the guideline is missing documents required for inclusion, NGC staff contacts the guideline developer to request them.
  • If the developer is able to provide the missing documents and all inclusion criteria are met, the measure is accepted and the developer receives notification of acceptance.
  • If, after an additional follow-up, the developer is not able to provide the missing documents, NGC seeks the developers' agreement to withdraw the guidelines from inclusion.

What is your role as the developer?

The success of NGC depends on the active participation of contributing guideline developers. Your role as a participant is to:

  • Provide current contact information for your organization.
  • Notify NGC when changes are made to your organization's guideline(s).
  • Review the NGC guideline summary developed from your organization's guideline(s) for accuracy and completeness.
  • Confirm currency of your organization's published guideline(s) and organization's contact information on an annual basis.
  • Provide necessary copyright (if applicable). NGC staff are available to assist you with this effort.

Note: Guidelines sponsored and/or funded by the U.S. government are considered in the public domain, so no copyright permission is required.

Who are our users?

Information available on the NGC Web site is intended primarily for the following audiences:

  • Physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals and provider organizations
  • Health plans, health systems, health care organizations, hospitals, and integrated health care delivery systems
  • Medical specialty and professional societies
  • Researchers
  • Federal, State, and local government health care policymakers and specialists
  • Employee benefit managers

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: July 15, 2016