HTAi Review | March 1, 2024

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Breaking News 

The HTAi Latin America Regional Meeting in Cartagena, Colombia

HTAi is collaborating with the Instituto de Evaluación Tecnológica en Salud (IETS) to host a one-day Regional Meeting in Cartagena, Colombia on August 14, 2024.

The Latin America Regional Meeting is open to all stakeholders and will explore the topic “From Policy to Practice, HTA’s Role in Improving Health Systems.” Attendees can expect insights from internationally renowned HTA experts, as well as senior and regional leaders shaping Latin America’s HTA landscape.

News from the HTAi Policy Fora

The HTAi Policy Fora has issued a number of calls for nominations and expressions of interest.  

Global Policy Forum Not-for-Profit Member
The HTAi Global Policy Forum is currently accepting Expressions of Interest to fill one (1) vacancy available for a Not-For-Profit organization. Submissions are due by March 7, 2024. More information is available here 

Policy Forum Advisory Committee For-Profit Member
The HTAi Policy Forum Advisory Committee (PFAC) has opened a call for nominations to fill one (1) For-Profit vacancy. Submissions are due by March 8, 2024. More information is available here. 

Latin America Policy Forum Organizing Committee For-Profit Member 
HTAi has opened a call for nominations for the Latin America (LATAM) Forum Organizing Committee to fill one (1) For-Profit vacancy. Submissions are due by March 11, 2024. More information is available here. 

Asia Policy Forum Organizing Committee Not-for-Profit Member
HTAi has opened a call for nominations for the Asia Policy Forum Organizing Committee to fill one (1) Not-For-Profit vacancy. Submissions are due by March 12, 2024. More information is available here. 

Program Announcement for the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting

Agenda and Schedule-at-a-Glance Available

The HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting offers a distinctive blend of engagement and interaction that caters to both virtual and in-person attendees. Whether you’re on-site or online, your Annual Meeting experience will be filled with dynamic scientific discussions and valuable networking opportunities for all participants.  

Are you interested in learning about the program? If so, we have some good news! The agenda and schedule-at-a-glance are now available on the Annual Meeting website!

Important Upcoming Dates

Early-bird registration deadline: Thursday, March 28, 2024 at Midnight MDT (UTC-6) 

Standard registration deadline: Thursday, June 6, 2024 at Midnight MDT (UTC-6) 

Last-minute registration: Friday, June 7 to Wednesday, June 19, 2024 


HTAi’s Patient and Citizen Involvement in HTA Interest Group (PCIG) offers the PCIG PASS to support patients, carers and patient representatives attend HTAi Annual Meeting and pre-meeting workshops who would be otherwise unable to take part.

You may be eligible to apply if you: 

  • have lived experience as a patient or carer, or
  • represent patients (such as in a patient or community organisation, including online groups), or
  • represent patients in an HTA committee (such as a consumer/patient/public/lay member), or
  • have an HTAi Participation Grant or is a plenary speaker, and fall into one of the above 3 categories and need a ‘partial’ PCIG PASS to cover a gap between the Grant and the PASS.

HTAi Appoints New Executive Director

HTAi is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Hameed Khan as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Dr. Khan brings with him over 15 years of invaluable experience in the health research and innovation space, spanning various sectors including not-for-profit, government, industry, and healthcare delivery.

The Executive Director plays a pivotal role in providing leadership, fostering organizational growth and impact, and ensuring the efficient management of resources to propel the organization towards its strategic goals. Dr. Khan’s appointment marks a significant milestone in steering HTAi through the next phases of its strategic initiatives. His experience and leadership in the health research and innovation sectors make him an invaluable asset in guiding HTAi towards even greater accomplishments.

Call for Reviewers: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care

IJTAHC is seeking reviewers with expertise in areas within the scope of IJTAHC relating to health technology assessment including systematic review, health economic evaluation, patient/citizen issues and health policy. Participating as an IJTAHC Reviewer is not only beneficial for your career development, it is a great way to contribute to the global HTA community!

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care serves as a forum for the wide range of stakeholders, including policy makers, academics, patients, health technology developers and health professionals interested in the intended and unintended consequences of health technology. Articles on any aspect related to health technology assessment (HTA) are welcomed.

The journal covers the development, evaluation, diffusion and use of health technology, as well as its impact on the organization and management of health care systems and public health. The journal particularly considers articles in the following areas: Evaluation or development of methods, processes, or policies used in HTA; primary research on the effects of implementing HTA or their findings; and novel research within particular HTAs that provides learning for HTA.

We are seeking reviewers with expertise in areas within the scope of IJTAHC relating to any aspect related to health technology assessment.


  • Systematic reviews
  • Health economics/economic evaluation, CBA/CEA/CUA
  • Meta-analysis
  • Modelling
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Decision analysis
  • Patient/citizen issues
  • Personalized medicine
  • Pharmaceutical policy
  • Diagnostics
  • Disinvestment
  • E-health
  • Safety
  • Screening
  • Health outcomes research; health services/systems research
  • Health policy/policy analysis/social policy
  • Horizon scanning, new and emerging technologies
  • Statistics
  • Qualitative methodologies/questionnaires and surveys
  • Preventative medicine/public health/international health

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for IJTAHC, please send an email to Wendy Babidge, Editor in Chief, and include short CV outlining areas of expertise relative to the reviewer categories.

A Look Back

RDIG Webinar Available On-Demand

On February 27, the HTAi Rare Diseases Interest Group hosted its first webinar for 2024, The Characteristics of Rare Diseases That Complicate the Assessment of Technology Value. Thank you to the many HTAi members and collaborators who joined us live. A recording of the session is now available on-demand. View the recording

Network News

An Interest Group Snapshot
Member demographics differ across each Interest Group. Explore how your group compares to others! Click on the image to enlarge. 

Hospital-Based HTA Interest Group Survey
HB-HTA IG extends an exclusive invitation for contribution to an international study on the integration of Environmental Sustainability (ES) into HB-HTA. This initiative is led by Michela Bobini, Rossella Di Bidino, Iga Lipska, and Americo Cicchetti.

Your insights are crucial to achieving the study’s three main objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of global hospital progress in integrating an ES dimension into HB-HTA.
  2. Assess the consistency of HB-HTA activities with hospital ES strategies.
  3. Explore emerging approaches and methods for integrating environmental sustainability into HB-HTA as identified in the literature.

The survey  will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Your input is invaluable for the study. The collected data will be instrumental in crafting an international paper to share insights and advancements in HB-HTA and ES integration.  Learn more

Call for members: HTAi – DIA Working Group on Uncertainty in HTA
The HTAi-DIA Working Group on Uncertainty in HTA is expanding its membership.

The Working Group is extending an open call across the HTA and regulatory communities as part of the expansion of the HTAi-DIA Working Group on Uncertainty into four work streams: 

  • Theme 1.  Application of the developed guidance in the real world (pilots by regulatory agencies, e.g., FDA, European Medicines Agency having shown interest). 
  • Theme 2. Systematically mapping available mitigation strategies and developing a method to link mitigation strategies to uncertainties, whether based on uncertainty building blocks or uncertainty domains.
  • Theme 3. Development of guidance in other decision-making processes such medical devices as elements similar to the theoretical building blocks of uncertainty listed in the guidance paper are widely found in other scientific fields.
  • Theme 4. Developing a systematic approach to the uncertainties in precision medicine – compound uncertainties, biological, diagnostic, decision-making, drug.

To express your interest or for further clarifications, email [email protected].

To find our more about the RWE & ΑΙ Interest Group, email [email protected].

HTA News from Around the World

From Europe: The European Commission has released an updated rolling plan for implementation of the regulation on HTA. Read more

From Canada: CADTH, NICE, Zorginstituut Nederland, and ICER collaborate to share learnings about economic models that consider disease pathways. Read more

From Australia: The Department of Health and Aged Care released a draft paper on Emerging Health Technologies.  Read more

From Europe: OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies are hosting a workshop designed to explain their new handbook for resilience testing.  Read more

From the Netherlands: the Zorginstituut’s English translation of the Dutch Guideline for economic evaluations in healthcare (2024 version) is now available online. Read more

From Medical Access Today: Member Birol Tibet published a new article examining HTAi’s leadership in the dynamic landscape of global healthcare.  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].

School of Pharmacy CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Pharmaceutical Policy and Health Services (internal and external) | Waterloo, Canada

The School of Pharmacy in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo is seeking an exceptional scholar and researcher to fill a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair and tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with an anticipated earliest start date of January 2025. To be eligible, candidates must identify as a member of a racialized minority. Learn more

IJTAHC Featured Publications

  • A blueprint for health technology assessment capacity building: lessons learned from Malta. Read more

  • HTA Community Perspectives on the Use of Patient Preference Information: Lessons Learned from a Survey with Members of HTA Bodies. Read more

  • Conducting a health technology assessment in the west bank, occupied Palestinian territory: lessons from a feasibility project. Read more

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