Council agrees negotiating position on HTA

25/03/2021 122 Views
Council agrees negotiating position on HTA

On March 24, Member states agreed on a mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament on a legislative proposal concerning joint work on health technology assessment for the benefit of patients.

“The negotiation mandate adopted today is an important milestone. The regulation on health technology assessment, once adopted, will be a major step forward in the field of health. It will constitute a robust framework for cooperation for the benefit of member states, industry and, above all, patients,” said Marta Temido, Portuguese Minister of Health.

The proposed legislation foresees, for instancethe establishment of a Coordination Group comprising national health authorities. This group will work on joint clinical assessments and joint scientific consultations on health technologies. The proposed legislation should benefit patients, member states and health technology developers. Accordingly, it will improve patients’ access to health technologies. The joint work carried out at EU level should provide valuable scientific information to national health authorities. Companies will not need to provide at national level the same information about their products that they have already submitted at EU level. This will lead to cost savings and reduce duplication of work.

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