HTAi Review | December 15, 2023

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A Newcomers Guide to HTA: new collections available!

HTAi is pleased to announce the release of five new collections of A Newcomers Guide to HTA. Aimed at supporting those new to HTA, the resources have been developed to offer guidance in navigating the expansive HTA universe, ranging from a general introduction to the intricacies of methods and processes. The newest collections feature content tailored for the following topics:

    • Ethical Evaluation
    • HTA in Hospitals
    • Patient and Social Engagement
    • HTA Publication, dissemination, and implementation
    • Health professionals’ involvement

These topics join the collections previously made available:

    • HTA 101
    • Research Protocol Writing

These collections serve as a guide, providing insights into the tools, methods, and products associated with HTA. For more information, click the button below!

Important information regarding your 2024 HTAi Membership

HTAi is the only global society championing equitable, responsive, and cutting-edge HTA. Membership opens doors to unparalleled access to top HTA leaders and experts. This exclusive opportunity to connect and collaborate with the best in the field is a unique privilege reserved for HTAi members, which provides a platform for growth and influence in the HTA community.

HTAi membership provides you with an international network of HTA experts, leaders, policymakers, stakeholders, and thought-innovators. Being part of this multi-stakeholder community will offer exceptional benefits, such as: 

  • Global Networking: HTAi initiatives connect you with over 1,000 like-minded international professionals. 
  • Community Connections: Engage with Interest Groups and Working Groups built around your professional interests; submit job postings, RFPs, and more to be posted on our HTAi bulletin board page; make use of unlimited event listings on the HTAi event calendar to promote organizational events, speaking engagements, and more! 
  • Personal and Professional Development: Enhance your skills and knowledge with webinars and workshops throughout the year; stay up to date with the latest in HTAi resources and news, including e-newsletters, bulletins, and international developments in HTA; enjoy member-only access to an online database of HTA courses and programs offered by academic and other institutions worldwide. 
  • Exclusive Opportunities: HTAi members enjoy special offers, such as the free online access to IJTAHC— the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, and discounted rates for the Annual Meeting.  
  • Increased Visibility: Whether it’s a leadership role in an HTAi committee or Interest Group, or the opportunity to present your work in front of a global audience, our networks can expand your horizons and open new doors.

Organizational memberships provide access to all of the exceptional Society benefits to ten (10) organizational representatives. Additionally, organizational memberships for universities extend Society benefits to ten (10) organizational representatives, as well as an UNLIMITED number of students affiliated with the university. This distinctive feature is designed to empower the next generation of professionals and innovators in the HTA space. 

HTAi memberships are valid from January 1 to December 31 each year. Your current membership will expire on December 31, 2023. Renew your membership now to continue participating in HTAi activities, including Interest Groups and committees, award nominations, and voting in elections. Membership renewal portals are open, and personalized renewal notices have been sent to all 2023 members. Current members are asked to check their inboxes for a renewal notice, which includes instructions and a direct link to facilitate the process. If you are a current member and have not received your notice, contact our membership team at [email protected].

Season’s Greetings and Holiday Hours

As the year draws to a close, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our valued members, partners, volunteers, collaborators, and friends. Your contributions and support have been instrumental in our achievements throughout the year, and we look forward to continued collaboration in the coming year. Thank you for being an essential part of our community. We wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

Please note, the Secretariat will be closed December 25, 2023 through January 2, 2024. If you wish to get in touch with the Secretariat prior to its holiday closure, please do so before December 22, 2023.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting reviewers. We have received a record number of submissions for the 2024 Annual Meeting, as well as the have highest number of reviewers who have volunteered their time to review the abstracts.

Start planning your 2024 Board Nominations!

The HTAi Board of Directors makes important decisions that shape the organization’s future and provide critical guidance and oversight by determining and monitoring the Society’s strategic direction.

In February 2024, the HTAi Board of Directors and its Nominating Committee will open nominations for members in good standing to fill the following positions and terms: 

    • One (1) Treasurer position, with a total commitment of three (3) years; this position requires business acumen, MBA or accounting designation 
    • One (1) Secretary position, with a total commitment of three (3) years; this position requires fluency in the English language, understanding of meeting procedures and experience with corporate minutes requirements.

The HTAi Board seeks to ensure that it includes the skills, experience, competencies, and attributes necessary to effectively oversee the operations and long-term strategy of the Society. To view the full list of requirements, click the button below.

Please note: only members in good standing are eligible to run for election, nominate members, and vote. If you have not established your 2024 membership, renew your membership today to ensure you can participate.

Updates from the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting

Registration opens soon!

The HTAi Annual Meeting is a key international gathering for sharing cutting-edge research, advancing discussions in policy and methods, and building global networks. The HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting will unite the global HTA community for dynamic discussions and debates on the future of health technology assessment worldwide. Focused on the central theme, “A Turning Point for HTA? Sustainability, Networks, and Innovation,” this year’s Annual Meeting promises to be a pivotal moment in shaping the course of healthcare assessment practices.

Registration for the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting will open in January 2024. The meeting will be a hybrid format, with a unique fusion of engagement and interaction for virtual and in-person attendees. Presentations will take place in-person and simultaneously stream online, ensuring that all participants can actively participate in scientific discussions, network with peers, and take part in this celebrated hybrid event. For all attendees, select presentations will be available on-demand throughout the conference and for several weeks after. 

More information on the Annual Meeting, including themes, speakers, venue, and accommodations, is available online.

Enhance Your Organization’s Presence within the HTA Community

Every year, the world’s leading experts in HTA convene at the HTAi Annual Meeting. This gathering serves as a dynamic platform for collaboration, participation, and the exchange of knowledge, all aimed at advancing global healthcare. This influential community comprises researchers, policymakers, industry leaders, academics, healthcare providers, agencies, and patients, all of whom constitute HTAi’s esteemed membership. The Annual Meeting represents a unique opportunity to actively shape the future landscape of HTA on a global scale.

Sponsors play a pivotal role in HTAi. Sponsor support ensures the continuation of international dialogues, such as the Annual Meeting. Annual Meeting sponsors gain significant visibility with the foremost global HTA leaders. This offers a valuable chance to establish meaningful connections with the diverse array of attendees. Sponsors also enjoy exclusive access and opportunities to engage one-on-one with delegates, collaborate directly with industry leaders, and actively participate in discussions encompassing the past, current, and future state of HTA around the world. The HTAi Annual Meeting is an intimate gathering that places sponsors’ organizations directly in front of those who are changing healthcare on a global scale.

HTAi is committed to nurturing unique and mutually beneficial relationships with each supporter and partner, ensuring that they find enduring value in the support they provide. For-profit and not-for-profit sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Are you looking for a unique way to get involved? Check out the our customizable opportunities to connect and engage, including:

      • PATIENT LOUNGE – Support a dedicated lounge and recovery
        space facilitating a patient-friendly conference environment
        improving the overall experience of the delegates. The space
        would be for participants to rest and refresh, containing a number
        of accommodations specific to patient needs.
        Participation Grants or the PCIG Pass Program, offering financial
        support to HTA stakeholders who would otherwise not be able to
        attend the HTAi Annual Meeting for the purpose of contributing
        their expertise, presenting their work or otherwise benefiting from
        participation in the global HTA community.
      • BRAINDATES – Support an HTA Networking Lounge, allowing
        delegates with similar interests and challenges to connect
        and book ‘networking time’ at the Annual Meeting. With this
        initiative, HTAi is aiming to empower people to learn and connect
        through intentional conversations and foster knowledge-sharing
        conversations among people at our events.

If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity for your organization or an organization you know, please contact the Annual Meeting team

A Look Back

HTAi webinars on-demand

Throughout 2023, HTAi Interest Groups and partners have delivered eight new webinars covering a variety of topics and resources important to the HTA community. To ensure the information within the webinars is readily available to those who need it, all webinars are available on HTAi’s YouTube channel, and shared via HTAi’s homepage. With the end of the year nearing each day, it is the perfect time to catch up on any webinars you may have missed!  Watch now

Network News

IJTAHC Moves to Gold Open Access Publishing Model
The International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care has moved to a Gold Open Access publishing model (from November 30, 2023). All accepted articles are now published with a Creative Commons license and subject to an Article Processing Charge (APC). Many corresponding authors will have their APC covered by a transformative agreement (an agreement between the publisher and the author’s institution). Any author without funding or not covered by a transformative agreement can apply for a waiver. Learn more

Webinar: Ethical analyses at HTA agencies: challenges and opportunities

Hosted by the HTAi Ethics Interest Group, this webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities for being involved in conducting ethical analyses at HTA agencies. Bart Bloemen, co-chair of the IG on ethics, will present the work that the interest group is currently conducting on a paper that address this topic. Following this introduction, two speakers will present their experiences with working as an ethicist at HTA institutes. Renata Axler leads the development of ethics methodologies and practices at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). Lars Sandman is professor at Linköping University, and also assigned as ethics advisor for Swedish health care authorities and director at the National Centre for Priorities in Health. Both will present examples of their work, and reflect upon the lessons they have learned with respect to being involved in ethical analyses in this context. These presentations will be the basis and an invitation to the audience for exchanging ideas about how to advance this interesting area of HTA.


    • Bart Bloemen, PhD candidate and associate lecturer | Radboud University Medical Centre
    • Renata Axler, Ethics Lead | CADTH
    • Lars Sandman, Director and Professor of healthcare ethics | National Centre for Priorities in Health at Linköping University

This webinar will take place on January 17, 2024, at 16:00-17:00 CET (UTC+1) | 08:00 – 9:00 MST (UTC-7)Learn more

Follow RDIG on LinkedIn
The HTAi Rare Diseases Interest Group is now on LinkedIn! Follow them for updates on HTA news, projects, and opportunities related to the assessment of health technologies for rare diseases. Learn more

HTA News from Around the World

From Canada: The Government of Canada has announced the creation of the Canadian Drug Agency (CDA). The CDA will be built from the existing CADTH and in partnership with Canada’s provinces and territories.  Read more

World Health Organization: The WHO has published its second edition of the Classification of digital interventions, services and applications in health (CDISAH). Read more

From the European Commission: Presentations from the European Commission’s From Theory to Practice series are now available for the session held on November 22. Another session will be held on January 30, 2024 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Read more

From the Bulletin Board

If you have an open position you’d like to share with the HTAi membership, please contact [email protected].

Executive Director
HTAi is seeking qualified candidates to fill the role of Executive Director. The HTAi Executive Director Transition Search Committee has contracted executive search and leadership consultants Odgers Berntson to manage the recruitment process. Details on the position are available here. 

IJTAHC Featured Publications

  • Abstracts from the HTAi 2023 Annual Meeting in Adelaide are now available. Read more
  • Can knowledge experts assess costs and outcomes as if they were ignorant? An experiment with precision medicine evaluation. Read more
  • Dynamic HTA for digital health solutios: opportunities and challenges for patient-centered evaluation. Read more

Important Upcoming Dates

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HTAi Offices Closed

The HTAi Secretariat will be closed for a holiday break, returning to the office January 2, 2024.

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