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European Network for Health Technology Assessment, EUnetHTA. Planning, development, and implementation of a sustainable European network for health technology assessment

Kristensen FB, Mäkelä M, Allgurin Neikter S, Rehnqvist N, Lund Håheim L, Morland B, Milne R, Palmhøj Nielsen C, Busse R, Lee-Robin SH, Wild C, Moharra M, Chamova J for the European network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA)
Int J Technol Assess Health Care 25(S2): 107-116





Objectives: The European network on Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) aimed to produce tangible and practical results to be used in the various phases of health technology assessment and to establish a framework and processes to support this. This article presents the background, objectives, and organization of EUnetHTA, which involved a total of sixty-four partner organizations. Methods: Establishing an effective and sustainable structure for a transnational network involved many managerial, policy, and methodological tools, according to the objective of each task or Work Package. Transparency in organization, financial transactions, and decision making was a key principle in the management of the Project as was the commitment to appropriately involve stakeholders. Results: EUnetHTA activities resulted in a clear management and governance structure, efficient partnership, and transnational cooperation. The project developed a model for sustainable continuation of the EUnetHTA Collaboration. Conclusions: The EUnetHTA Project achieved its goals by producing a suite of practical tools, a strong network, and plans for continuing the work in a sustainable EUnetHTA Collaboration that facilitates and promotes the use of HTA at national and regional levels. Responsiveness to political developments in Europe should be balanced with maintaining a high level of ambition to promote independent, evidence-based information and well-tested tools for best practice based on a strong network of HTA institutions.

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