Methodological standards for the conduct of new Cochrane intervention reviews

The Cochrane Collaboration has finalized new methodological standards for the conduct of intervention reviews, and these are now available from the website of the Cochrane Editorial Unit.

The standards have been developed by the MECIR project team, with the aim of ensuring consistency across all Cochrane Review Groups and all Cochrane reviews. They are intended to provide a shared understanding of the expectations of conduct and reporting for reviews in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

The standards are either mandatory or highly desirable for new Cochrane reviews. Mandatory means that a new review will not be published if the standard is not met. Highly desirable means that this should generally be done, but that there are justifiable exceptions.

All the MECIR standards are referenced against the Cochrane Handbook where applicable.