The guideline group was selected to be representative of UK-based medical experts and patient’s representatives. MEDLINE and EMBASE were searched systematically for publications in English from 1980–2010 using the key words follicular lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and low-grade lymphoma. The writing group produced the draft guideline, which was subsequently revised by consensus by members of the Haemato-oncology Task Force of the British Committee for Standards in Haematology (BCSH). The guideline was then reviewed by a sounding board of approximately 50 UK haematologists, the BCSH and the British Society for Haematology Committee and comments incorporated where appropriate. The objective of this guideline is to provide healthcare professionals with clear guidance on the management of patients with follicular lymphoma. The guidance is not appropriate for patients with other lymphoma subtypes and in all cases individual patient circumstances may dictate an alternative approach. Please note, the guideline is being updated.