Welcome to the Guidelines Hub

ESCP aims to establish high quality international guidelines for the treatment of diseases within its scope, using the best available evidence. By providing this guidance, ESCP hopes to improve the outcomes such as recurrence of disease, complications, symptoms and patient satisfaction.

In 2017 ESCP established its Guidelines Committee, whose members have already collaborated in the production of several published guidelines.

The processes and methods are informed by internationally recognised criteria of quality of guidelines.

Below are projects that the Guidelines Committee and colleagues are currently working on and a committee update.

Please view our Guidance Disclaimer.

 There are currently four ongoing development of new guidelines:

  1. Joint European clinical practice guideline for faecal incontinence
  2. Guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of cryptoglandular perianal fistula
  3. Social media guideline
  4. Guideline for management of pilonidal disease

Joint European clinical practice guideline for faecal incontinence

A joint project between UEG, ESCP, ESNM and ESPCG.

This project is financially supported by the UEG Activity Grant programme.

The scope of the guideline has been defined. The guideline development group (GDG) and different subgroups has been formed, the different chapter, the research questions. Now the literature search is underway. The next meeting is January 2021 having the first draft ready.

Guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of cryptoglandular perianal fistula

Led by Kevin Gottgens, Lillian Reza, Phil Tozer and David Zimmerman.

The Guideline Development group has been developed and at present the research questions are being formulated.

Social media guideline

Steering committee: Rosa Jimenez and Luis Sánchez-Guillén (Chairs), Richard Brady, Julio Mayol, Gianluca Pellino and Des Winter.

Members: Ruth Blanco Colino, Gaetano Gallo, Francesco Pata, Jonathan Segal, James Ashcroft, Gonzalo P Martín-Martín, Hector Guadalajara, Jana Dziakova, Alaa El-Hussuna, Mariyah Anwer.

  • The Guideline has been divided into three groups.
  • There is a Senior Surgeon (Des Winter, Julio Mayol and Richard Brady) in each group.
  • There is one coordinator in each group (Gianluca Pellino, Luis Sanchez-Guillen and Rosa Jimenez Rodriguez) in each group
  • The call to include more members was done through the website and groups are now defined
  • We have met to discuss resources and methodology
  • Next meeting will be 1st March 2021 to discuss the initial draft.

Guideline for management of pilonidal disease

Applications are invited to join a Guideline Development Group (GDG) for the Management of Pilonidal Disease.

We are looking for highly motivated people with an interest in this condition. We will use the GRADE methodology - please watch this explanation before applying.

The Executive Guideline Development Group (e-GDG) currently consists of Asha Senapati and Dotun Ojo. We will select this group from all applications, based on several characteristics and geographic, age and gender diversity.

Committee Update 2020

ESCP’s Guidelines Committee is going from strength to strength.

We are fortunate to add five new enthusiastic members to our Committee (Triantafyllos Doulias, Mark Bremholm Ellebæk, Gaetano Gallo, Akash Mehta, Gianluca Pellino) and Julio Mayol as Social Media Advisor.

Stéphanie Breukink has become the Chair of the Committee, suceeding Carolynne Vaizey. We would like to thank Carolynne for her dedication and efforts from the advent of this committee, to have come this far and we are looking forward to continue producing robust guidelines with an injection of fresh energy and drive.

The following guidelines were completed and published during the last year:

There are currently five ongoing developments of new guidelines:


ESCP Affiliates