Accompanying information on the HTA program

Detailed information on the health technology assessment (HTA) programm and the criteria for prioritising themes is available for download here.

Definition of (pre-)scoping

  • Pre-scoping: preliminary analysis and narrowing of research question(s) (FOPH)
  • Concrete definition of research question and methodology for the assessment (contractors)

Health technology assessment: definition

  • A process for systematically assessing medical procedures and technologies relevant to public healthcare
  • A presentation of the scientific evidence relating to efficacy and effectiveness, safety, cost-effectiveness and the legal, social (including considerations of equal access) and ethical aspects of a procedure, technology or pharmaceuticals.

Swiss and international health technology assessment networks

The FOPH is active in various domestic and international HTA networks in its capacity as the federal administration’s specialist unit for health technology assessments (HTAs). The aim among other things is to assure knowledge transfer with other HTA agencies and the consistent development of the HTA methodology.

SNHTA – Swiss Network for Health technology Assessment
«The Swiss Network for Health Technology Assessment / SNHTA was founded in 1999 under the legal form of an association.
It brings together Swiss scientific institutions and experts in order to avoid duplication of work by getting the best value of scientific excellence through the use of synergies.»
Website SNHTA

EUnetHTA – European network for Health Technology Assessment
«EUnetHTA was established to create an effective and sustainable network for HTA across Europe – we work together to help developing reliable, timely, transparent and transferable information to contribute to HTAs in European countries.»
Schweizer HTA-ExpertInnen arbeiten in verschiedenen Workpackages von EUnetHTA mit.
Website EUnetHTA

INAHTA – The International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment
«INAHTA is a network of 52 HTA agencies that support health system decision making that affects over 1 billion people in 33 countries around the globe.»
Website INAHTA

HTAi – Health technology Assessment international
«HTAi is the global scientific and professional society for all those who produce, use, or encounter HTA. HTAi has members from over 65 countries and embraces all stakeholders, including researchers, agencies, policy makers, industry, academia, health service providers, and patients/consumers. We are the neutral forum for collaboration and the sharing of leading information and expertise.»
Website HTAi

EuroScan International Network
«The International Information Network on New, Emerging and Obsolete Health Technologies (EuroScan International Network e.V.) is a collaborative network of agencies and scientific association of individuals and institutions for the sharing of information and development of methods for the early identification and awareness of key new, emerging or obsolete health-related technologies.»
Website EuroScan

Last modification 19.07.2018

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