Jun 3 / 2021

EU makes way for unified health innovation institutions

After three years of review, revise and reintroduction, the EU Health Technology Assessment dossier is reaching the final stage of negotiations

Interinstitutional negotiations on the implementation of unified Health Tech Assessment have begun. The legislative initiative seeks to unify the assessment of effectiveness and value of new medical tech, including pricing and compensation by health insurance.

It seeks to reach joint clinical assessment, joint scientific consultation and identification of emerging health tech while also facilitating any further voluntary cooperation of institutions concerning other aspects.

The unification of the health care sector, which makes up about 10% of the EU’s GDP, will likely encourage innovation and increase the competitiveness of EU health tech. Currently about 50 separate bodies are inefficiently spread out across the EU take care of small components of the soon to be merged industry.

Reforming the fragmented health sector was first proposed by the EU executive in January 2018, which was soon approved by the European Parliament. Disagreements among EU health ministers delayed the process however.

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