HHS seeking comment on Draft SOW for Sustaining AHRQ’s National Guideline Clearinghouse toward the Digital Future

Notice ID: HHS-AHRQ-RFI-22-10001

“The purpose of this announcement is to seek sources and input on a  potential requirement for a No Cost Contract to sustain and operate the AHRQ National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC).”

“Purpose: AHRQ seeks to have its National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) made available to the public again, operated and maintained, in a manner that supports its integration into the digital future of evidence-based practice.”

“Background: AHRQ sponsored the development, operations, maintenance of, and improvements to its publicly accessible (no fee, no registration) National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) for twenty years. NGC was a database-driven online repository of detailed information about evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Using National Library of Medicine taxonomies, applying criteria for inclusion, employing systematic and controlled processes, and working with guideline developers to protect their intellectual property, NGC became the go-to source to find trustworthy clinical guidelines.”

“NGC went offline July 16, 2018 when the contract supporting it expired.”

“During the time NGC was available, individuals and organizations built routines and processes around NGC. Recognizing the value of NGC to its many users, including clinicians (practitioners, educators, and students), librarians, and others, and to the nation’s evidence-based practice ecosystem, AHRQ committed to having NGC operational again…”


Under this contract, the Contractor shall:

  • Re-establish a web presence for NGC
  • Operate and maintain NGC


There are five (5) major tasks for this work. Each of these tasks has specific requirements and deliverables:

  • Develop NGC Platform
  • Content for NGC
  • Maintenance and Support
  • Assuring Scientific Integrity, Credibility and Trustworthiness
  • Administration and Project Management

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