NICE accreditation

NICE has accredited our guideline development programme, confirming that the process we have in place is robust and produces high quality guidance for health and social care professionals. Our accreditation is valid for five years from February 2013. For full details on our accreditation, visit

Current BSR guidelines
RCP guidelines
(Consultant physicians working with patients - rheumatology)

RCP guidelines publication provides comprehensive information on commissioning, service organisation and standards, workforce requirements and job plans for rheumatology.
[Royal College of Physicians 2011]


In order to keep a licence to practice, all doctors, regardless of their specialty, need to prove that they are continuing to meet the requirements set out in Good Medical Practice, the General Medical Council's core guidance for doctors. They will have at least one appraisal per year. This makes sure that licensed doctors are up to date and fit to practice. We at the BSR have worked with the Royal College of Physicians to produce specialty-specific guidance on revalidation for rheumatology.

Download the revalidation guidance for rheumatology (pdf)
Please note that The Royal College of Physicians provides information about the revalidation process and tools to use for patient and colleague feedback on their website.

Quality Standards

Top ten quality standards for spondyloarthritis
(February 2013)
Top ten quality standards for RA
(January 2012)

Statements on clinical management

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