Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC) Bulletin 20

Bulletin number 20, May 2015

Page last updated: 04 June 2015

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Critical dates for the February 2016 Prostheses List

This bulletin provides an update about the application process for the February 2016 Prostheses List.

All applications to list new prostheses are assessed by the Clinical Advisory Groups (CAGs) or the Panel of Clinical Experts (PoCE) to advise the Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC) on listing and grouping on the Prostheses List.

Applications to list new prostheses and amend current listings can be submitted at any time. Applications that are submitted on or before the “cut-off” dates below have the best chance of being referred to the CAG meeting and processed for listing on the next Prostheses List.

PLAC meeting dates

The scheduled dates for PLAC meetings for the second half of 2015 are:
  • Meeting 51: Wednesday 8 July 2015
  • Meeting 52: Thursday 6 August 2015
  • Meeting 53: Thursday 24 September 2015
  • Meeting 54: Thursday 22 October 2015
  • Meeting 55: Thursday 19 November 2015
  • Meeting 56: Thursday 10 December 2015

CAG meeting dates and cut-off for Applications

The table below provides confirmed dates for the first and second round of CAG meetings and applicable cut-off dates for applications.

Please note: these dates are subject to change at short notice.
Clinical Advisory Groups
1st meeting date
Cut off for 1st meeting
2nd meeting date
Cut off for 2nd meeting
Urogenital
4 September 2015
17 July 2015
13 November 2015
25 September 2015
Cardiac
11 July 2015
5 June 2015
31 October 2015
11 September 2015
Ophthalmic
14 September 2015
27 July 2015
2 November 2015
14 September 2015
Spinal
7 August 2015
19 June 2015
23 October 2015
4 September 2015
Knee
1 August 2015
12 June 2015
24 October 2015
4 September 2015
Specialist Orthopaedic
14 August 2015
26 June 2015
6 November 2015
18 September 2015
Hip
21 August 2015
3 July 2015
30 October 2015
11 September 2015
Vascular
21 September 2015
3 August 2015
9 November 2015
21 September 2015
Cardiothoracic
21 August 2015
3 July 2015
30 October 2015
11 September 2015

Panel of Clinical Experts (POCE)

Applications should be submitted at least 8 weeks before a Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC) meeting to have the best changes of being referred to that meeting. Please note: Clinicians’ availability to assess applications is limited from the week before Christmas to the end of January.

Applications to list Prostheses in new groupings

An application to list a prosthesis in a new grouping or with a new suffix or combination of suffixes is also referred to the Health Economics Sub Committee (HESC) to validate the sponsor’s proposed benefit for the new grouping. These applications will take longer to process than applications to list prostheses in existing groupings as the HESC needs to consider the advice of the CAG or PoCE on comparative clinical effectiveness and outcomes. The HESC may also need to liaise further with the sponsor if there is insufficient information and evidence in the application to validate the proposed benefit.