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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 33921, tabled on 15 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NICE plans to broaden its application of the non-reference discount rate to the single technology appraisal pathway.

Answered on

21 July 2021

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) standard methodology is to apply a discount rate of 3.5% but NICE’s committees have flexibility to apply a non-reference discount rate of 1.5% in defined exceptional circumstances. NICE has explored whether there is a case for changing the approach to discounting in the development of its technology appraisal recommendations as part of the ongoing methods and processes review. NICE expects to consult on a draft programme in the summer, with implementation of the changes from early 2022.