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European HTA agencies launch the Heads of Agencies Group (HAG)
“European collaboration on health technology assessments is essential. The experiences from several Joint Actions, with new EU regulations on the way, as well as greater interest in European cooperation in health issues, give us a unique opportunity to bring collaboration on such assessments to a new level. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health believes the new Heads of Agencies Group can play a key role in making this happen,” says Trygve Ottersen.
In the coming period, the Heads of Agencies Group will focus on:
- Supporting the development of the basis for joint work on all HTA activities at EU level within the model of EU cooperation anticipated by the Regulation on HTA.
- Supporting the preparation of national systems and capacities for the adoption of the HTA Regulation.
- Supporting the joint work performed at the technical and scientific level by HTA bodies across Europe.
- Advising policy makers and relevant EU and national institutions on matters regarding HTA, particularly cooperation in HTA.
The Heads of Agencies Group has elected Prof. Rui Santos Ivo (INFARMED, Portugal) as its Chair, who will be joined by Prof. Dominique Le Guludec (HAS, France) and Dr. Trygve Ottersen (NIPH, Norway) as Vice-Chairs. The work of the Group is based on a joint Memorandum of Understanding and will be supported by a secretariat which has been set up at the Dutch Health Care Institute (ZIN, The Netherlands) led by Marcus Guardian.
Organisations that have joined the group so far include AEMPS (Spain), AIFA (Italy), AGENAS (Italy), AIHTA (Austria), INFARMED (Portugal), KCE (Belgium), NIPH (Norway), G-BA (Germany), HAS (France), HIQA (Ireland), IQWIG (Germany), FIMEA (Finland), NCPE (Ireland), REDETS (Spain), RER (Italy), RIZIV-INAMI (Belgium), NOMA (Norway), TLV (Sweden) and ZIN (The Netherlands).