General Objectives

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The general objective of the EUnetHTA Joint Action 2 (JA2) on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) was to strengthen the practical application of tools and approaches to cross-border HTA collaboration. The JA2 aimed at bringing collaboration to a higher level resulting in better understanding for the Commission and Member States of the ways to establish a sustainable structure for HTA in the EU. Specifically, the JA2 was to develop a general strategy, principles and an implementation proposal for a sustainable European HTA collaboration according to the requirements of Article 15 of the Directive for cross-border healthcare. 

The strategic objectives of the JA2 were:

  • To strengthen the practical application of tools and approaches to cross-border HTA collaboration
  • To aim at bringing collaboration to a higher level resulting in better understanding for the Commission and Member States (MS) of the ways to establish a sustainable structure for HTA in the EU
  • To develop a general strategy, principles and an implementation proposal for a sustainable European HTA collaboration according to the requirements of Article 15 of the Directive for cross-border healthcare.

See the Technical Annex of the JA2 Grant Agreement with the Commission

Work Packages

Stakeholder Involvement

The EUnetHTA JA Stakeholder Involvement Policy developed during EUnetHTA Joint Action 1 continued to apply during the EUnetHTA JA2 (EUnetHTA JA2 Grant Agreement conditions apply where necessary and appropriate).

The following adjustments in the procedures were agreed and approved by the Plenary Assembly to be applicable in the EUnetHTA JA2 stakeholder involvement activities:

  • Increase the number of organisations per stakeholder group from 4 to 6 in the EUnetHTA Stakeholder Forum meetings 
  • All applying organisations found eligible for participation in the EUnetHTA Stakeholder Forum received a status of a Stakeholder Forum member
  • The stakeholder group members were responsible to organise themselves for the participation in the Stakeholder Forum meetings (with the maximum number of meeting participants per stakeholder group limited to 6)
  • New forms of stakeholder involvement (in addition to the Stakeholder Forum and Stakeholder Advisory Groups (SAGs) eg, expert meetings, was introduced
  • Earlier involvement of stakeholder expertise was to be considered
  • Adequate time to provide input was to be allowed

Deliverables and Other Outputs

Deliverables

1. Recommendations on the implementation of sustainable European network for HTA
2. Final report from the JA - will be published when available 
3. Report on yearly training courses on EUnetHTA tools and methodology
4. Report on evaluation of project completion including assessment of impact on secondary users of HTA information - will be published when available (end of March 2016) 
5. Full Core HTAs
6. Pilot rapid assessments
7. Report on Information Management Infrastructure and Services
8. Guidelines and pilots to improve quality and adequacy of initial and additional evidence generation:

9. Submission template for Pharmaceuticals and Submission template for Medical Devices
10. Upgraded and updated application package of HTA Core Model

Other official Outputs

  1. Communication Strategy and updated recommendations (internal document)
  2. Training Strategy
  3. Report on e-learning production
  4. Methodological Standards and Procedures for full/comprehensive Core HTAs
  5. HTA Core Model for Rapid REA
  6. Procedure Manual Strand A: Rapid Relative Assessments of Pharmaceuticals
  7. Procedure Manual Strand B: Rapid Assessments of other health technologies such as medical devices, surgical interventions or diagnostics
  8. Project Plan Template Strand A (available upon request to the coordination team)
  9. Project Plan Template Strand B (available upon request to the coordination team)
  10. Assessment Template Strand A (available upon request to the coordination team)
  11. Assessment Template Strand B (available upon request to the coordination team)
  12. Updated EVIDENT database 
  13. Report on results of the cooperation with the technology manufacturer in applying the HTA Core Model® in their internal processes
  14. Training material on the HTA Core Model