HTAi is aware of the global concerns regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as well as evolving public health and travel advisories.
The HTAi Board has reviewed contingency plans and determined to continue with planning for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Beijing at this time. The safety and security of our stakeholders remains paramount, and we will continue to closely monitor the situation for impact to our delegates, speakers, partners, staff, and volunteers. The HTAi Board will provide supplementary communications on or before March 20, 2020.
HTAi has been working with our local hosts, Fudan University and China National Health Development Research Centre (CNHDRC), over the past two years with the goal of expanding our ability to mobilize and strengthen the global HTA community. Despite local logistical challenges due to isolation infringements as a result of the outbreak, all parties remain committed to this goal and are seeking solutions to make the conference successful.
HTAi continues to encourage our stakeholders to review the advice of their local authorities. In recognition of current barriers to travel, the Early Bird Deadline for registration will be extended to April 20, 2020, giving delegates more flexibility in determining their travel arrangements.
The Annual Meeting refund policy remains in effect; however, HTAi confirms it will offer a full refund on registration to any delegates who are prevented from attending the Annual Meeting due to COVID-19.
We will continue to provide updates on the Annual Meeting in the travel tab of the Annual Meeting website, found here: https://htai2020.org/traveling-to-china/.
We encourage you to check back periodically for the most recent information.