The ABHI is the UK’s leading medical technology industry association with a community of over 260 members. ABHI champions the use of safe and effective medical technologies to deliver high quality patient outcomes. They engage with the NHS, government, regulators and other key stakeholders both here in the UK and abroad, in order to represent this industry. ABHI’s work focuses on UK Market, Economic Growth, Regulatory, Ethics and Compliance.


The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK.

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading research charity aiming to defeat dementia. We power world class studies that give us the best chance of beating dementia sooner, our pioneering work focuses on prevention, treatment and cure. We are energising a movement across society to support, fund and take part in dementia research and aim to empower people across all generations through greater understanding of dementia. Together we have the power to defeat dementia.

To help get people thinking differently about dementia and fight the enduring misconception that the condition is just a by-product of age, we are encouraging people to #sharetheorange.

BioIndustry Association (BIA)

The BIA is at the forefront of UK bioscience, serving as its voice, connecting individuals and organisations, from SMEs, including innovative start-ups, to multi-national companies, helping to shape the future of the sector.

BIOSIS Previews

Covers the field of biological sciences, including medicine. It indexes journal articles, meeting and conference reports, books and patents. Consider searching here for information on new research, pharmaceuticals and emerging technologies.


Blueteq is a web-based clinical decision support system that was implemented in 2015/16 as NHS England’s standard electronic contractual prior approval system, covering a range of high-cost drugs excluded from the drug tariff.

BMJ Best Practice

A clinical therapy resource of regularly updated evidence-based summaries, including a useful drug names table.

Brazil – Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is the Federal Executive Branch responsible for the organisation and elaboration of plans and public policies aimed at promotion, prevention and health care in Brazil.

British National Formulary (BNF)

Publications which evaluate clinical evidence from diverse sources with information validated by a network of clinical experts. BNF Publications reflect current best practice as well as legal and professional guidelines relating to the uses of medicines.

Canada – CADTH

Decisions about which medical devices and drugs to use are crucial to the quality and sustainability of health care in Canada. Access to evidence-based information is key to making informed decisions that harness the benefits of technology while getting the best value from every health dollar.

Canada – INESSS

The Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux was created on January 19, 2011. It succeeded the Conseil du médicament and the Agence d’évaluation des technologies et des modes d’intervention en santé (AETMIS). INESSS’s mission is to promote clinical excellence and the efficient use of resources in the health and social services sector. At the heart of the mission, INESSS assesses, in particular, the clinical advantages and the costs of the technologies, medications and interventions used in health care and personal social services. It issues recommendations concerning their adoption, use and coverage by the public plan, and develops guides to clinical practice in order to ensure their optimal use.

Canada – Health Canada

The federal health department is responsible for approving new drugs based on their safety, efficacy and quality.

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD)

CRD is a UK based research department located in the University of York that specialises in evidence synthesis, assembling and analysing data from multiple research studies to generate policy relevant research.


The Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, CINAHL is also useful for coverage of the literature on occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and alternative medicine.

Cochrane Library

Updated quarterly. The source for quality, systematic reviews of health care interventions; includes several databases. A subscription is required for full access (most health libraries have subscriptions; some countries have open access agreements with the publisher to make it freely available in their country).

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is responsible for standards of healthcare in the UK, including the NHS. The Department sets the strategic framework for adult social care and influences local authority spending on social care. The Department is also responsible for promoting and protecting the public’s health, taking the lead on issues like environmental hazards to health, infectious diseases, health promotion and education, the safety of medicines, and ethical issues.


The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) represents the pharmaceutical industry operating in Europe. Through its direct membership of 33 national associations and 37 leading pharmaceutical companies, EFPIA is the voice on the EU scene of 1,900 companies committed to researching, developing and bringing to patients new medicines that will improve health and the quality of life around the world.


A database covering international literature in the fields of biomedical sciences and pharmacology.


EMIG is the trade association in the UK that represents the interests of small to medium-sized pharmaceutical companies. EMIG member companies range from start-ups, whose prime focus is R&D, to highly developed businesses delivering essential products to patients, while continuing to invest heavily in the fight against disease. This rich blend of companies enables EMIG to uniquely understand and address the myriad challenges facing pharmaceutical innovation and commercialisation in the UK. EMIG is a democratic organisation, with one vote for each full member company, irrespective of size. EMIG policy is ratified by the membership at our AGM and reported on/refined at our Quarterly Meetings throughout the year. EMIG enables pharmaceutical SMEs to have an influence on the policies that determine success or failure in the UK.


Database of the Educational Resources Information Center includes health-related educational information.


EUCOPE provides a platform for discussion for pharmaceutical entrepreneurs. On a regular basis owners and CEOs of pharmaceutical companies and associations discuss solutions to improve the quality of life for patients and to strengthen the competitiveness of the European pharmaceutical industry.

European Commission (EC)

The European Commission is the EU’s executive body. It represents the interests of the European Union as a whole and not individual countries.

The Commission’s main roles are to:

  • propose legislation which is then adopted by the co-legislators, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers
  • enforce European law (where necessary with the help of the Court of Justice of the EU)
  • set a objectives and priorities for action, outlined yearly in the Commission Work Programme and work towards delivering them
  • manage and implement EU policies and the budget
  • represent the Union outside Europe (e.g. negotiating trade agreements between the EU and other countries)

European Medicines Agency (EMA) – Procedural Timetables

This page lists the timetables for the submission, start and finish dates of procedures, as well as other interim dates and milestones that occur during the various procedures. Timetables are categorised according to the type of procedure (e.g. full applications, extensions and variations, as well as response timetables). The dates for submission, start of the procedure and plenary meetings of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) and the Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT) are generally fixed, but the other dates may be subject to adjustment until the CHMP reaches the adoption of the final opinion for the individual application. At the start of the procedure, the Agency will notify the applicant of the adopted final timetable in writing.

France – Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS)

Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) is an independent public scientific authority with financial autonomy. Its key purpose is to improve the quality of patient care and to guarantee equity within the healthcare system. It does this through the:

  • assessment of drugs and medical devices
  • certification of healthcare organisations and accreditations of doctors
  • publication of guidelines (good practices, public health)

German Federal Joint Committee (G-BA)

The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) is the highest decision-making body of the joint self-government of physicians, dentists, hospitals and health insurance funds in Germany. It issues directives for the benefit catalogue of the statutory health insurance funds (GKV) for more than 70 million insured persons and thus specifies which services in medical care are reimbursed by the GKV. In addition, the G-BA specifies measures for quality assurance in inpatient and outpatient areas of the health care system.

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The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG, Institut für Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen) 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.

Ireland – HIQA

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is an independent authority established to drive high-quality and safe care for people using the health and social care services in Ireland. HIQA performs health technology assessments (HTAs) to evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of health technologies and provides advice arising out of the evaluation to the Minister for Health and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Ireland – NCPE

The National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics conducts the health technology assessment (HTA) of pharmaceutical products for the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland in collaboration with the HSE Corporate Pharmaceutical Unit (HSE-CPU). The aim of the centre is to promote expertise in Ireland for the advancement of the discipline of pharmacoeconomics through practice, research and education.

ISRCTN registry

The ISRCTN registry is a primary clinical trial registry recognised by WHO and ICMJE that accepts all clinical research studies (whether proposed, ongoing or completed), providing content validation and curation and the unique identification number necessary for publication. All study records in the database are freely accessible and searchable.

Japan – National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition (NIBIOHN)

The National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health, and Nutrition (NIBIOHN) was established in April 2015 by integrating the National Institute of Biomedical Innovation (NIBIO) and the National Institute of Health and Nutrition (NIHN). The goal of NIBIO is to support the development of innovative pharmaceutical and medical products in Japan, while the objective of NIHN is to help improve the health and well-being of the Japanese population through surveys and studies on hygiene, nutrition, and diet.

MAP BioPharma

MAP offer an online resource that guides you through market access across the EU, empowering MAP Online members to develop their own pricing and reimbursement strategies.

MAP Market Access

MAP Market Access provide an expert consulting service, offering product specific, one to one expert strategic advice on a consulting basis throughout the product lifecycle across the EU.

MedTech Europe

MedTech Europe is the European trade association representing the medical technology industries, from diagnosis to cure. They represent Diagnostics and Medical Devices manufacturers operating in Europe. They encourage policies that help the medical technology industry meet Europe’s growing healthcare needs and expectations. It also promotes medical technology’s value for Europe focusing on innovation and stakeholder relations, using economic research and data, communications, industry events and training sessions.

National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the US government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. It includes the PDQ (Physician Data Query) database of cancer prevention, screening, genetics, diagnostic and treatment information, cancer clinical trials, statistics and patient guides.

National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS)

In 2016 the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) and National Disease Registration (NDR) merged to form the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS). NCRAS works to drive improvements in standards of cancer care and clinical outcomes by improving and using the information collected about cancer patients for analysis, publication and research.

The Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) dataset is the national mandatory collection of systemic anti-cancer therapy activity from all NHS England chemotherapy providers. This website contains all the latest information available from the SACT department within the National Cancer Registration and Analysis service of Public Health England.

National Centre for PharmacoEconomics (NCPE)

The mission of the National Centre for PharmacoEconomics (NCPE) is to facilitate healthcare decisions on the reimbursement of technologies, by applying clinical and scientific evidence in a systematic framework, in order to maximise population wellness.

The NCPE is the Irish health technology assessment (HTA) body, assessing evidence for comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of technologies for use by patients in Ireland. This is done through assessment of evidence submitted by manufacturers and independent systematic review. The NCPE also undertake research to inform national guidelines for HTAs.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Innovation Observatory

The NIHR Innovation Observatory is the national medical horizon scanning facility located at Newcastle University. It works closely with industry partners reporting about new drugs, devices and diagnostics to NICE and the NIHR. NICE will only consider reviewing a technology once it has first been through an initial filtering process managed by the NIHR Innovation Observatory. Therefore, if you are a company that wants to access the NICE technology appraisal process for a new product or a new use for a currently licensed or registered product, then please contact the NIHR Innovation Observatory.

Netherlands Healthcare Institute

Quality, accessibility and affordability are the pillars of the Dutch healthcare system. The Netherlands Healthcare Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland) ensures that these pillars form a strong foundation.They represent the interests of everyone who is entitled to care under the Health Insurance Act (Zvw) and the Long-Term Care Act (Wlz).

NHS England and NHS Improvement

NHS England (NHSE) leads the NHS in England. It sets the priorities and direction of the NHS. It commissions the contracts for GPs, pharmacists, and dentists and supports clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

NHS Improvement supports foundation trusts and NHS trusts to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable.

From 01 April 2019, NHS England and NHS Improvement come together to act as a single organisation. Their aim is to better support the NHS and help improve care for patients.

NHS England Statistics

NHS England publishes statistics on a range of health and care subjects. Theses statistics are used to inform debate, decision making and research both within government and by the wider community.


Ovid helps researchers, librarians, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals find important medical information so that they can make critical decisions to improve patient care, enhance ongoing research, and fuel new discoveries. We offer a market-leading medical research platform of premium aggregated content and productivity tools that make it easy to quickly search information and make informed decisions on patient care, quality, and clinical outcomes.


The US National Library of Medicine (NLM)’s free search interface provides access to over 15 million citations covering biomedical literature back to the 1950’s in MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE (in process citations), OLDMEDLINE, and publisher supplied records.

Sweden – The Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency (TLV)

The Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency, TLV, is a central government agency whose remit is to determine whether a pharmaceutical product or dental care procedure shall be subsidised by the state. We also contribute to quality service and accessibility of pharmacies.

Trials Central

Trials Central is a comprehensive online resource guide for information about clinical research trials. The site helps to find a free, confidential program that assists the patients, their families and health care workers, to look for clinical case studies, which are most appropriate to a patient’s medical and personal situation.

UK – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. Reimbursement and uptake of medicines in England and Wales are based on the implementation of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) guidance produced by NICE.

UK – Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC)

The remit of the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) is to provide advice to NHS Boards and their Area Drug and Therapeutics Committees (ADTCs) across Scotland about the clinical and cost-effectiveness of all newly licensed medicines, all new formulations of existing medicines and new indications for established products (licensed from January 2002).

UK – Wales – All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG)

The AWMSG is the Welsh health technology appraisal (HTA) body,  a statutory advisory Welsh Assembly-sponsored public body which aims to provide advice on medicines management and prescribing to the Welsh Government’s Minister for Health and Social Services in an effective, efficient and transparent manner.

UK Pharma Scan

Single Horizon Scanning Database for New Drugs in Development in the UK UK PharmaScan is a secure horizon scanning database populated with information on new medicines in development from up to three years before their launch in the UK or start of phase III clinical development, whichever is the earlier. This central repository provides up-to-date information, such as clinical trial and regulatory information, to national horizon scanning groups and approved NHS organisations that have a role in supporting NHS planning, or provide advice and guidance to the NHS. The resource will help ensure earlier and more effective decision making and faster uptake of innovative new medicines for the patients who need them.

Web of Science

By indexing the most important literature in the world, Web of Science has become a useful resource for research discovery and analytics. Web of Science connects publications and researchers through citations and controlled indexing in curated databases spanning multiple disciplines. Cited reference searches can be used to track prior research and monitor current developments in over 100 year’s worth of content that is fully indexed, including records and backfiles dating back to 1898.