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ESCMID is strongly committed to increase efforts towards the transparent and rigorous production of guidance documents in the field of infectious diseases, clinical microbiology and infection control.


Our vision

To achieve this goal the Society aims to:
•    Select cutting edge topics
•    Apply a sound, independent, and rigorous methodology
•    Ensure a global perspective
•    Apply strict procedures for the evidence appraisal and data extraction from a dedicated ESCMID group of trained young ESCMID members  
•    Apply a strict meritocratic process to select members of the guidelines' drafting groups
•    Strictly monitor of conflicts of interest of panel members

 The development of the ESCMID guidelines is supported by the ESCMID Guideline Subcommittee and the ESCMID Evidence Review Group.

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Guidelines Subcommittee

The Guideline Subcommittee supports the Guidelines Director in shaping and running the society’s guidance documents programme.
It is composed of six full ESCMID members (preferably, 2 ID, 2 CM, 1 expert in Evidence Base Medicine/ Systematic Review/ GRADE methodology, 1 IC) . The selection of members is done by the ESCMID EC after open call.

Guidelines Evidence Review Group

The Guidelines Evidence Review Group is composed of full ESCMID members who attended the ESCMID course on developing medical guidelines.

This course, which will be organized once a year, provide a basic training in evidence-based medicine, essential to support drafting panels in performing abstract and full-text selction, data extraction and quality of evidence assessment.

In October 2019, the first course on developing medical guidelines took place in Verona. 20 junior professionals participated in this initiative, consisting in two days of interactive lectures and practical exercise held by experts in the Guideline development and GRADE method.


Details on the new operational procedures for the guidelines development are reported in the "ESCMID manual for clinical practice guidelines and other guidance documents"


Aims of the document

To underscore the ESCMID principles in developing guidance documents.

To provide guidance on the guideline development process, including when operating with other professional Societies.

To highlight differences between clinical practice guidelines and other types of guidance

It is strongly suggested that ESCMID members participating to the development of guidance documents familiarize themselves with the details in this document.


For further information please write to guidancedocuments[at]

Do you need funding for guideline production?

Detailed guidance is provided in the ESCMID Operating Procedures for Medical Guidelines.

EOPs for Medical Guidelines