As a consensus method, its purpose is to formalise the degree of agreement among experts by identifying and selecting, through iterative ratings with feedback, the points on which experts agree, disagree or are undecided. The guidelines are subsequently based on the agreement points.

As the other methods of recommendations, the “formal consenses is a rigorous and explicit one, based on the involvement of professionals in the field to which the guideline relates and of patient/ user representatives, on the use of an external peer review phase, and on transparency, independence of development, and prevention and management of conflicts of interest.


The full methodology guide "Recommandations par consensus formalisé" is only available in French.

Available in English: the summaries of the method for developing formal consensus and of the rules for rating and analyzing the scores

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