The European Commission has put forward a proposal to boost cooperation amongst EU Member States for assessing health technology. Greater transparency will empower patients, by ensuring their access to information on the added clinical value of new technology that could potentially benefit them. More assessments could lead to effective, innovative health tools reaching patients faster. For national authorities it means being able to formulate policies for their health systems based on more robust evidence. Furthermore, manufacturers will no longer have to adapt to different national procedures.
Member States will be able to use common HTA tools, methodologies and procedures across the EU, working together in four main areas:
1) on joint clinical assessments focusing on the most innovative health technologies with the most potential impact for patients;
2) on joint scientific consultations whereby developers can seek advice from HTA authorities;
3) on identification of emerging health technologies to identify promising technologies early; and
4) on continuing voluntary cooperation in other areas.