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An Understanding of EUnetHTA HTA

The EUnetHTA Executive Board recently adopted the following Understanding of EUnetHTA HTA. This text is the result of several months of consultation with the project’s board.

The EUnetHTA Executive Board agreed that HTA in the context of EUnetHTA activities is understood to be composed of the following elements:​

  • Assessments should inform decision-making.
  • Assessments are not decision-making processes themselves.
  • Information should be of relevance to a decision-maker or user of the assessment. Wording which is overly exclusionary has the potential to predetermine decision-making and formulations such as “no conclusions can be drawn” should be avoided.
  • Assessments should include the best available evidence at a specific given time point.
  • Assessments should specifically formulate a summary of findings’.
  • Summaries should endeavour to use clear and concise scientific language.

The EUnetHTA Executive Board also agreed to compile a set of pre-formulated texts illustrating wording for “summaries of findings” that can be used by REA authors.

If you have any questions, please email the EUnetHTA Secretariat at:

eunethta@zinl.nl