- About the Manual
- Chapter 1 - Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs)
- Chapter 2 - Transmission Based Precautions (TBPs)
- Chapter 3 - Healthcare Infection Incidents, Outbreaks and Data Exceedance
- Chapter 4 - Infection Control in the Built Environment and Decontamination
- Addendum for Infection Prevention and Control within Neonatal Settings (NNU)
- A-Z Pathogens
The NHSScotland National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) was first published on 13 January 2012, by the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO (2012)1), and updated on 17 May 2012 (CNO (2012)1 Update).
The NIPCM provides IPC guidance to all those involved in care provision and is considered best practice across all health and care settings in Scotland.
The re-launch of the NIPCM by the CNO on 11 July 2022 emphasises the ongoing importance of application of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance within health and care settings across Scotland.
Video of Chief Nursing Officer re-launching the NIPCM
Find out more about the NIPCM
You can find out more about the NIPCM by watching the animation or going to the About the manual webpage.
When an organisation, for example health and care setting, uses products or adopts practices that differ from those stated in this National Infection Prevention and Control Manual, that individual organisation is responsible for ensuring safe systems of work including the completion of a risk assessment approved through local governance procedures.
- 30 Aug 2023Update to NIPCM and CH IPCM to reflect changes to Scottish Government COVID-19 Testing Guidance
- 21 Jul 2023Update to Surgical Hand Antisepsis Literature Review and related NIPCM content
- 07 Jul 2023Updated Hand Hygiene: Surgical Hand Antisepsis in the Clinical Setting literature review now available
- 29 Jun 2023Update to Mpox guidance
- 26 Jun 2023Update to Appendix 16 - Selection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by health and care workers (HCWs) during the provision of care