Evidence-based Guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)


One of the major projects of the Centre for Research Excellence in PCOS is to update and expand the Evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of PCOS, approved by the NHMRC in 2011.  The update to the guideline is an international collaboration involving many recognised researchers and multidisciplinary clinicians as well as consumers with PCOS.  The updated guideline is proposed to be the primary, international evidence-based guideline in PCOS, with many national and international societies/organisations agreeing to collaborate/partner with us and to contribute funding.

Background and Scope

The Australian PCOS Alliance published the first international evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of PCOS in 2011, using a rigorous approach incorporating consumer participation and considered judgment of 31 expert clinicians and researchers from PCOS relevant disciplines.

It provides 38 recommendations addressing four key areas:

  1. Challenges of assessment and diagnosis;
  2. Assessment of emotional wellbeing;
  3. Lifestyle management; and
  4. Therapy for infertility.

The guideline is approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia, has been commended internationally by the NIH and incorporated into the NICE guidelines in the UK and now by the WHO.

The Centre for Research Excellence in PCOS will expand and extend this guideline to become the international guideline in PCOS.

We are now in the initial stages of a full update and expansion with a Delphi process conducted to identify additional clinical priority areas where guidance is needed. We anticipate completion of the updated guideline in 2017 in parallel with the Translation program. Read an update here…

Additional tools

Additional tools for General Practitioners and Health Care Providers to support the assessment and management at a primary care level, as well as a PCOS guidelines algorithm with a summary of recommendations can be found here.

Guideline Development Groups

The update to the 2011 Guideline would not be possible without the hard work of many organisations and individuals. To meet the members and to see the questions addressed in each Guideline, click below.


What’s Happening Around the World

November 27th, 2017|Comments Off on What’s Happening Around the World

The International Evidence-Based Guideline for the Assessment and Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. That's what's happening! While Rhonda and Rob have been largely involved in the Asian propagation of the Guideline, others have been involved [...]

Guideline Update 2017

November 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Guideline Update 2017

Welcome to the latest guideline update Greetings and welcome to our new partner or collaborating organisations in this international PCOS initiative, which includes the update and expansion of the Evidence-Based Guideline for the Assessment and Management of [...]

Topic 1

Screening, diagnostic assessment, risk assessment, life-stage and adolescents

Topic 2

Screening, diagnostic assessment and management of emotional wellbeing

Topic 3

Lifestyle management and models of care

Topic 4

Medical Treatment

Topic 5

Screening, diagnostic assessment and management of infertility