Scientific Development and Capacity Building Committee


  • Alric Rüther (Germany)


  • Jani Mueller (South Africa)
  • Americo Cicchetti (Italy)
  • Andre Pichon-Riviere (Argentina)
  • Elena Petelos (Netherlands)
  • Franz Pichler (Australia)
  • Jurjen Van Der Schans (Netherlands)
  • Gertjan Van Der Wilt (Netherlands)
  • Wija Oortwijn (Netherlands)
  • Anna Mae Scott (Australia)
  • Janet Martin (Canada)
  • Sebastian Garcia-Martin (Argentina)
  • YingYao Chen (China)
  • Neil Bertelsen (Germany)
  • Richard Charter (Switzerland)
  • Maoling Wei (China)
  • Yue Xiao (China)

HTAi Secretariat:

  • Lara Check, HTAi Director, Operations (Canada)
  • Sydney Ruller, HTAi Research Coordinator, Scientific Initiatives (Canada)

Terms of Reference

The membership consists of a diverse group of HTAi members who represent a balance of the various relevant sectors (such as industry, academia and HTA agencies), but are also geographically dispersed, with representation from countries with developed and developing HTA systems. Given the potential overlap with other HTAi work streams, input and guest membership will be invited from other HTAi committees as required and relevant.

  • Frequency of meetings: Every second month or as called by the Chair


The objective of the Scientific Development and Capacity Building (SDCB) Committee is to streamline the Scientific Direction of the Society, providing guidance at the highest of levels. The priority is to do this in low and middle income countries, working with the HTA in Developing Countries Interest Group (IG) and other IGs, industry and academia. Initial responsibilities include

  • formally defining what is meant by “Scientific Development” and “Capacity Building”;
  • conducting a review of other similar Societies to determine existing materials to prevent duplication of effort;
  • identifying a list of potential materials that can be produced and subsequent ranking priority;
  • identifying and ranking priority of target audiences for such materials;
  • identifying potential mechanisms for dissemination;
  • considering the potential for accreditation of training and standards development;
  • reviewing communication plans and assisting in developing strategic direction for communication through different media;
  • considering the potential business model for training courses, online materials, resources and other capacity building tools and tool kits;
  •  identifying a mechanism to review quality;
  • establishing potential collaborative partnerships along various projects undertaken by HTAi; and
  • identifying key contributors, timelines and deliverables.