Consensus Development Process 


The National Quality Forum (NQF) uses its formal Consensus Development Process (CDP) to evaluate and endorse measures. The CDP is designed to allow input and discussion from stakeholder groups from across the healthcare industry.

NQF is a voluntary consensus standards body as defined by the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-119.

Over the past 10 years, NQF’s CDP has evolved to ensure that evaluation of candidate consensus standards (measures) continues to follow best practices in performance measurement and standards-setting.

NQF’s CDP involves seven principal steps, including:

  1. Call for Nominations
  2. Call for Candidate Standards  
  3. Candidate Consensus Standard Review
  4. Public and Member Comment
  5. Member Voting
  6. CSAC Decision  
  7. Board Ratification
  8. Appeals

As of early 2017, CSAC decisions regarding measure endorsement will be final, without ratification by the NQF Board of Directors. This change applies to NQF measure endorsement projects with in-person meetings scheduled after August 2016.