adult screening programme
Coeliac disease is a common bowel condition. It occurrs when the immune system is too sensitive to a protein called gluten. As a result, the small intestine is damaged. 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 the NHS website.
UK NSC screening recommendation
The UK NSC does not recommend population screening for coeliac disease in adults. A screening programme would aim to detect the condition in people before they have symptoms. It has not been proven that treating people at this point would benefit their health.
Supporting documents from the 2014 review
Evidence summary Coeliac Disease (2014)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.
UK NSC coversheet and consultation responses Coeliac disease (2014)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.
Date previous review completed: 2014
Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.
To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.
Organisations interested in Coeliac Disease
These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.
List of organisations
- 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