On 21 October 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the form future EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) might take.
HTA is a multidisciplinary process to assess the added value of a given health technology – for example a medicine, medical device, diagnostic tool or surgical procedure, over and above existing ones. It is a key tool for EU countries to ensure cost-effective, accessible and sustainable health systems.
The consultation on the Commission initiative will run until 13 January 2017, after which a consultation report will be drawn up. In parallel, the Commission has launched a number of studies to further analyse possible options for HTA and their impacts.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/health/technology_assessment/consultations/cooperation_hta_en.htm