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.

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 There are currently four ongoing guidelines projects and three development of new guidelines:

  1. Guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of cryptoglandular perianal fistula
  2. Social media guideline
  3. Guideline for management of pilonidal disease
  4. ESCP Guidance on Colorectal Robotic Training
  5. FAP Guideline
  6. SSI & UEG (EAES & SIS-E) Guideline
  7. T1 Cancer Guideline Development Group

Guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of cryptoglandular perianal fistula

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

The GDG are working closely with Jos Kleijnen, they have undertaken half of the searches within their subgroups. Expected first draft due within three-months.

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.

They are still working in the different groups, reviewing all evidence and are planning a meeting in early 2022 to review the results.

Guideline for management of pilonidal disease

Final stages of finalizing the PICO questions and will be embarking on the literature review shortly.

ESCP Guidance on Colorectal Robotic Training

The Steering Committee has been formed and the first meeting has taken place. The protocol has been written. A Call for participants was completed in November and six were selected (they received over 20 applications).

The preliminary meeting with Jos Kleijnen was done and they will require his input for the search strategy, and funding has been secured for his input.

First meeting took place with the six participants in December 2021.

SSI & UEG (EAES & SIS-E) Guideline

The project is ready to start

FAP Guideline

 T1 Cancer Guideline Development Group

The steering group are seeking on members to participate in the development of the ESCP guidance on early rectal cancer patients.

Applications are now OPEN; please complete the online application form HERE

Applications will close on Wednesday 8 June

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Committee Update 2022

ESCP’s Guidelines Committee is continuing to go from strength to strength.

The following guideline was completed and published last year:


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