Guideline development process

ESHRE has established a procedure for developing guidelines, which is described in the "Manual for guideline development" below.
If you have an interest for guideline development, you can participate by proposing a topic for the next guideline, or by joining a guideline development group. More information can be found on this page.


Manual for ESHRE Guideline Development

Here you find the final version of the Manual for ESHRE guideline development version 2013, and the previous Manual for ESHRE guideline development (version 2009).
The Manual for ESHRE guideline development was updated by the research specialist in collaboration with Special Interest Group Safety and Quality in ART. The updated manual has been approved by the Executive Committee (November 2013). The Manual for ESHRE guideline development contains the detailed methodology for guideline development, for new and revised guidelines.
In addition to updating based on the current evidence and trends in guideline development, the manual version 2013 is designed to be more practical and the procedures are described to better reflect actual procedures.

More information can be provided by 
Dr Nathalie Vermeulen


Application for Guideline Development

New proposals for topics for ESHRE clinical guidelines can be send throughout the year to the ESHRE research specialists ( using the application form.

Proposals will be presented at one of the following ESHRE Executive Committee meetings. The ESHRE Executive Committee will decide on which guidelines will be produced by ESHRE. Their decision will be based on burden of disease, the existence of variation in practice, and the potential to improve outcome, as mentioned in the application form and the guideline manual.

The applicant will be informed on the decision of the executive committee.

Applications are preferably made by a SIG coordinator, or in collaboration with a SIG Coordinator. ESHRE members wanting to apply for guideline development are encouraged to contact the responsible Special Interest Group, before completing the application form.



Joining a guideline development group

We aim to start new projects in the near future. In case a new GDG group is composed, a call for applicants will be mentioned in the ESHRE update (e-newsletter).

Alternatively, you can send your name, nationality, gender, name of your institution, details on your profession (gynecologists, psychologist, embryologist, specialization,..) and interest to You will be contacted as soon as a GDG group is composed in which your profile fits. We take gender and geography in consideration, additional to medical expertise, so your profile may not be selected based on either of these criteria. 

Please read the manual for ESHRE guideline development first! The development of a guideline takes 18-24 months and the GDG members are asked to invest time in taking part in meetings and trainings, writing key questions, appraising scientific papers, writing summaries and recommendations,…

If you are an interested patient or patient organization, please also contact to find out more about how patients can get involved in guideline development. We are always interested in getting in contact with you!



Reviewing a draft guideline

The final stages of guideline development involve review by future users to evaluate the adequacy of the guideline document, especially for its methodological quality, its clinical content and its applicability.
In an open review phase of 6 weeks, during which the draft guideline is published on the ESHRE website, anyone can comment on the guideline by submitting a completed reviewers comment form.
If you are interested in being personally invited to the review of a guideline in development, please send an e-mail with your name and the guideline that you are interested in to (mention “review” in the subject).  



Policy for the translation of ESHRE Guidelines and other documents

ESHRE has developed a policy for the translation of ESHRE Guidelines and other documents. If you have any questions regarding the policy, or you want to translate an ESHRE guideline, you can contact