The UK NSC recommendation on Coeliac Disease screening in adults

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed May 2014
Next review due in 2017/18
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?

The UK NSC recommends against population screening for coeliac disease. There is no evidence that the early detection and treatment of the condition prior to a person experiencing symptoms, would lead to any benefit to their overall health outcome.

More about Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease, also known as celiac disease, is a common bowel condition occurring when the immune system is overly sensitive to a protein called gluten, causing damage to the small intestine. Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley, which are often used to make foods such as bread, pasta and biscuits. 

» Read more about coeliac disease on NHS Choices


British Society of Gastroenterology
British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition
Coeliac UK
Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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