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Arzneimittelmarkt-Neuordnungsgesetz – AMNOG is the Act on the Reform of the Market for Medicinal Products. AMNOG aims to limit the cost of pharmaceuticals by the statutory health insurance funds.

European Economic Area (EEA)

Established on the 1st January 1994, the EEA includes the countries of the EU (European Union) plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss (G-BA)

Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss – The Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) is authorised to set limitations on coverage. It is the highest decision-making body of the joint self-government of a second function of the G-BA is the definition of drugs, which are subject to fixed prices.


Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds – being the central association of the health insurance funds at federal level in accordance with section 217 a of Book V of the German Social Code (SGB V).


The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) is a German agency responsible for assessing the quality and efficiency of medical treatments, including drugs, non-drug interventions, diagnostic and screening methods, and treatment and disease management.

Social Code Book V (SGB V)

German social code book, this section specialises in Health insurance.

Statutory Health Insurance Funds (SHIs)

These cover healthcare bills for the insured population. Being insured is compulsory in Germany and 92% of the population are covered by the SHIs.

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