NICE Guidelines on Methylphenidate

Who or what is NICE?

NICE – The National Institute for Clinical Excellence – was set up as a Special Health Authority for England and Wales on 1 April 1999.

It is part of the British National Health Service (NHS), and its role is to provide patients, health professionals and the public with authoritative, robust and reliable guidance on current ‘best practice?’.

The guidance will cover both individual health technologies (including medicines, medical devices, diagnostic techniques, and procedures) and the clinical management of specific conditions.

NICE offers the NHS and its patients a new service, which we intend shall earn, and retain, the confidence and respect of the community as a whole.

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins

Chair, National Institute for Clinical Excellence

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NICE issues Guidance on Methylphenidate (Ritalin/ Equasym) for ADHD – 31 October 2000

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has today issued its guidance to the NHS in England and Wales on the use of methylphenidate for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Use the links below to view the guidance document, the press release and the HTA report.

Press release

Full Guidance (pdf) (You will need Adobe Acrobat to download this file; it is available at (for Windows) or (for Mac)

Full Guidance (text)

HTA report

Questions and Answers

Contacting NICE

A summary of the NICE Guidelines was produced recently by Jenny Lyon (IPS) and is now available CLICK HERE