CCS Guideline Development Process
The CCS Council appoints Co-chairs who then select the panel members and oversee the development of CCS statements in accordance with CCS policies and procedures. The CCS is committed to developing statements that high quality and transparent. In addition to the CCS specific procedures and policies, CCS follows the AGREE II Instrument as an overarching methodology to guide development. In addition, the CCS has adopted the GRADE Scale for rating the strength of recommendations and the quality of evidence. The following documents describe for co-chairs, panel members, members and CCS staff the policies and procedures for development of guidelines and position statements including special consideration of the “closed-loop” development programs for Heart failure and Atrial Fibrillation:
The CCS Guideline Development Policies and Procedures document addresses all policies and procedures related to the CCS development process including topic selection, panel selection, evidence review, defining and achieving consensus, statement format, approval process, CCC presentation and CJC publication for both guidelines and position statements.
To ensure high quality and transparency, the CCS strongly suggests all guideline and position statement developers use the international AGREE II Instrument as a tool for guiding development and assessing the quality and methodological transparency of guidelines. For a copy of the AGREE II Instrument and background information on AGREE II, please visit www.agreetrust.org
To ensure high quality and transparency, the CCS has adopted the GRADE Scale for rating the strength of recommendations and the quality of evidence. As of January 2010, the CCS uses the GRADE system of evidence assessment for all guidelines and position statements. In June 2015, CCS developed a CCS Grade framework to guide co-chairs and writing panels through the systematic review of evidence and the application of GRADE when developing recommendations. It is meant to be used as a framework to a more rigorous application of GRADE and is presented in five high level steps with examples for documentation that can be adapted to suit the specific needs of the writing panel.
For more information on GRADE, please refer to the BMJ GRADE primer articles below:
Part 3 - GRADE: going from evidence to recommendations
Guidelines and Position Statements Currently Under Development
|Guidelines and Position Statements Currently Under Development||Co-Chairs||Expected
|CCS Heart Failure Guidelines: Comprehensive Rewrite and 2017 Update||J. Ezekowitz