The Multidisciplinary Clinical Committee (MCC) of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) and its various sub-committees commission guidelines on the management of various aspects of colorectal surgery with the underlying ethos to improve the care of patients with colorectal disease. There is a need to ensure the highest level of quality when producing these guidelines, to ensure that they are compliant with NICE standards of guideline development
Any member of the ACPGBI who wishes to produce or update guidelines should use this document as a template to ensure this highest level of quality. Occasionally the ACPGBI will commission Position Statements, similar to full guidelines but without the same level of methodological vigour. This may be the case when a rapid response is required and would normally be followed by a full guideline project.