European Commission – Inception Impact Assessment on Strengthening of the EU Cooperation on Health Technology Assessment

On the 15th September 2016, the European Commission has published the Inception Impact Assessment on Strengthening of the EU Cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (please find the document here). This document outlines the options that the Commission is envisaging at the moment for the future of EU cooperation on HTA.

The objectives of the initiative are to:

  • Reduce duplication of efforts for HTA bodies and industry
  • Promote convergence in HTA procedures and methodologies
  • Improve the uptake of joint work in Member State
  • Ensure the long-term sustainability of EU HTA cooperation

The Commission presents five possible options for the future of EU cooperation on HTA:

  1. The status quo – Joint Action until 2020
  2. Long-term voluntary cooperation (financed by the EU beyond 2020)
  3. Cooperation on collection, sharing and use of common tools and data
  4. Clinical/medical cooperation on production of joint REA reports and uptake
  5. Cooperation on production of joint Full HTA (clinical/medical and cost-effectiveness)


In order to decide on the best approach forward among the possible options outlined above, the Commission is planning to conduct:

  • A public consultation (autumn 2016) and will be accompanied by targeted meetings with all stakeholders
  • An impact assessment (timeline tbc) by a Commission Interservice Steering Group from different DGs

EUCOPE met with the responsible leader of the Commission’s HTA Team and HTA Network Secretariat, Flora Giorgio as well as with Wim Goettsch, the Chair of EUnetHTA JA3 Executive Board, and expressed strong interest in getting involved and to collaborate with the work of the HTA Network and EUnetHTA. Once, the above consultation is published, EUCOPE Member’s comments will be invited to develop a respective EUCOPE position.

The Commission and EUnetHTA are also organising a forum – “European Cooperation on HTA: what’s next?” on Friday 21 October 2016 in Brussels. The objective is to provide further information on the upcoming public consultation on the future of the EU cooperation on HTA, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the current framework for cooperation on HTA, and to reflect on possible future scenarios. Please note that the space is limited and the registration deadline is Monday 10 October. You  will find further information on the event, including the draft agenda as well as the registration form under the following link.

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Published on 3. October 2016 in News EU