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Frequently Asked Questions

The main purpose of G-I-N is to:

  • foster and support collaboration among all relevant stakeholders: guideline developers, implementers, researchers, students, users in all health disciplines, policy makers, health technology assessment agencies, administrators and patients.
  • promote awareness of the value of guidelines in facilitating high quality, evidence-based health care
  • disseminate, improve access to and reduce duplication by promoting awareness of existing guidelines and methodological resources
  • improve guideline development and application in clinical and public health practice
  • grow the science of knowledge translation, particularly guideline development, adaptation and implementation.

G-I-N supports evidence-based health care and improved health outcomes by supporting work to reduce inappropriate variation in practice throughout the world. It does this by addressing the following three aims:

  1. to provide a network and partnerships for guideline-developing organisations, implementers, users (such as healthcare providers, healthcare policy makers and consumers), researchers, students and other stakeholders
  2. to assist members reduce the duplication of effort and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of evidence-based guideline development, adaptation, dissemination and implementation appropriate to the healthcare settings within which members work
  3. to promote best practice through the development of opportunities for learning and building capacity, and the establishment of high quality standards of guideline development, adaptation, dissemination and implementation.

What is a Clinical Practice Guideline?

Clinical Practice Guidelines are defined as:

‘statements that include recommendations intended to optimise patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options’. Clinical practice Guidelines we can trust, IOM Report 2011

What are the benefits of G-I-N membership?


The network facilitates collaborative work between guideline organisations and experts. The benefits of membership include easy, fast access to a wealth of guideline information:

  • International Guideline Library one of the largest guideline databases worldwide - with more than 6,500 documents in November 2018
  • Collection of training tools from members
  • Inventory of guideline manuals
  • International glossary of terms and definitions used in the field of guideline development
  • Sharing of resource-intensive systematic reviews and evidence tables; bringing opportunities for reduced costs and improved quality of clinical practice guidelines
  • Working with international experts on guideline development, methodologies and research
  • Participation in communities of interest for people with shared interest in the implementation of guidelines
  • Participation in mentoring and professional development opportunities
  • Reduced registration fee for the annual G-I-N Conference
  • Opportunity to share news and highlight work and opportunities to collaborate through the G-I-N website and newsletter

Being part of an inspiring professional community!

How do I become a member of G-I-N?

It's easy to become a member of the Network:
Fill in the online membership application form and submit it. Applications for membership will be considered by the Membership Committee.

Become a member of G-I-N

I understand that G-I-N offers a searchable database for use by its members. Which information does this guideline library contain?

The G-I-N Guideline Library (located in the "Resources" section) provides G-I-N members with the ability to search and review the programmes for guidelines, systematic review, evidence reports and guideline clearing reports of all member organisations. The Guideline Library Disease / Condition Browse is based on the U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) classification.

Other selections from the "Resources" area include:

  1. Development and Training Resources informs about state-of-the-art techniques and instruments for developing evidence-based guidelines. This area is open to all visitors accessing the G-I-N website.
  2. The Health Topics Collection (HTC) features guidelines and other related publications on specific health topics. This area is open to all visitors accessing the G-I-N website.
  3. Relevant literature provide links to a selection of papers related to guideline development, adaptation and implementation.

I am interested in accessing the G-I-N guideline resources. Are all resources available for the public?

The Library section contains:

  1. The Guideline Library which provides the ability to search guideline and other documents of G-I-N members' organisations. G-I-N members have then the ability to obtained detailed information on these documents, links...
  2. Development and Training Resources which inform about state-of-the-art techniques and instruments for developing evidence-based guidelines. This area is open to all visitors accessing the G-I-N website.
  3. The Health Topics Collection which features guidelines and other related publications on specific health topics. This area is open to all visitors accessing the G-I-N website.

Patient and Consumer Resources can be found in the Related Links area of the site. This area is open to all visitors accessing the G-I-N website.


Where can I find some explanations for "guideline jargon"?

There are some fine glossaries available which might be helpful:

I am an individual member, can I add a guideline to the library?

Adding guidelines to the library is a benefit specific to the organisational members of G-I-N. Therefore, if you wish for a guideline to be included you should check with the organisation lead for the development of the guideline and see if they are G-I-N member or could consider becoming a G-I-N member.  There is a further possibility for an organisation to pay for inclusion of their guidelines in the library.  Please contact for further information.

May we establish a link from our website to

Other healthcare provider websites are welcome to establish links to our website. Please use the following text to describe the G-I-N on your site:

"The Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) seeks to improve the quality of health care by promoting systematic development of clinical practice guidelines and their application into practice, through supporting international collaboration. G-I-N has the world's largest international guideline library containing regularly-updated information and guidelines of the G-I-N membership. It is an international not-for-profit association of organisations and individuals involved in the development and use of clinical practice guidelines. It is a Scottish Guarantee Company, established under Company Number SC243691 and is also a Scottish Charity, recognised under Scottish Charity Number SC034047."

G-I-N Logo

Please note that the G-I-N logo is the property of The Guidelines International Network (Scottish Charity Number SC034047). Any use of this logo or name without written permission is expressly prohibited. This includes (but is not restricted to) placing the G-I-N logo on websites or in publications, notifications or announcements.

Therefore, if you wish to establish a link to our website, use our logo or name, we ask you to first contact us to obtain permission.


Page last updated: Nov 26, 2018
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