HTAi Review | October 6, 2023

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HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting Abstract Submissions Now Open!

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.

HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting Abstract submissions are now open for all presentation categories. Abstract submission guidelines are available on the 2024 Annual Meeting website. Annual Meeting abstracts undergo a meticulous review process to maintain the elevated standard of presentations to which our attendees have grown accustomed. The 2024 submission guidelines have changed. Please carefully and thoroughly read the updated guidelines to maximize your abstract’s potential for success.

Please note: Workshop and Panel submissions close October 25, 2023 at 23:59 MDT (UTC -6). Oral and Poster submissions close December 7, 2023 at 23:59 MST (UTC -7). 

Before submitting, get to know the 2024 Annual Meeting main theme and plenary themes

Participation Grants Submissions Now Open! 

HTAi offers Participation Grants (former Travel Grants) to support 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 benefitting from participation in the global HTA community. These grants are funded directly by HTAi and in some cases, are sponsored by external parties on an unconditional basis.

Participation Grant application submissions are open now. Please carefully and thoroughly read the 2024 Participation Grant submission guidelines before submitting your application. Please note:  Participation Grant submissions close December 7, 2023 at 23:59 MST (UTC -7)

HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting Sponsorships Now Available!

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

Time is running out: apply to join the PCIG Steering Committee!

The HTAi Interest Group for Patient and Citizen Involvement in HTA (PCIG) is currently seeking Expressions of Interest for an industry representative to fill a vacancy on its Steering Committee. 

PCIG Steering Committee members provide governance, strategy and oversight of the plans and deliverables of any Project Sub-Committee. Full details of the role of Steering Committee members can be found in PCIG’s Terms of Reference (May 2023).


The following criteria must be fulfilled by the successful candidate:

  • Able to demonstrate active participation in the field of patient or citizen involvement in health technology assessment
  • Able to meet the expectations of Steering Committee membership as set out in the Terms of References, e.g. commit to take an active role in driving the work of the Interest Group and providing practical assistance to activities undertaken by the group as appropriate and complete a three-year term (from October 2023-2026)
  • Able to participate in additional HTAi committees
  • Preference will be given to those members who have actively participated in the Interest Group. Please note all applicants must be a member of HTAi and PCIG.


Three years; October 2023 to October 2026

To apply

Please send a CV and cover letter (no more than 200 words) addressing the above criteria to the PCIG Technical Officer, Hadewych Honné, via email: [email protected] no later than Friday,  20 October 2023.

Renew your membership for 2024!

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, providing a platform for growth and influence in the HTA community. HTAi members can actively participate in specialized interest groups, expanding networks among HTA experts. These groups offer opportunities to work on projects that align precisely with individual areas of interest, creating valuable connections and opportunities for professional development.

HTAi membership also brings complimentary access to the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, a valuable resource for staying informed about the latest research and developments in HTA. Moreover, members enjoy access to a wealth of high-quality resources, engaging webinars, and full access to the HTAi Educational Offers Database to stay at the forefront of this dynamic field.

HTAi memberships are valid January – December each year, which means membership renewal season is almost upon us. Organizational members wishing to use their 2023 budget to renew HTAi memberships for 2024 may do so by contacting [email protected]

Individual members will begin receiving renewal notices before the end of 2023. 

Global Policy Forum Members

GPF members have already received renewal notices for 2024 in preparation for the next Global Policy Forum. Please note: the deadline to renew your GPF membership is October 13, 2023. 

Submissions Close in ONE WEEK: Apply for the Jill Sanders Memorial Scholarship Today!

The Jill Sanders Memorial scholarship is offered in memory of Dr. Jill Sanders, former Vice President of HTAi and President and CEO of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health.  

Dr. Sanders was a long-time champion of international collaboration in Health Technology Assessment (HTA). She was deeply committed to building HTA capacity in developing countries and to mentoring students and professionals. The Jill Sanders Memorial Scholarship provides funding for individuals residing in African countries to further their knowledge of HTA. The program objective is to have a positive impact on HTA capacity in African countries through developing professional HTA capacity. 

The Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi) Jill Sanders Memorial Scholarship provides funding support for individuals studying or working in the healthcare field in African countries to advance their knowledge and skills directly related to health technology assessment (HTA).  

By providing financial assistance to complete education programs or training in health technology assessment for the purpose of applying their knowledge and skills in their country of origin, HTAi advances its mission of promoting the development, communication, understanding, and use of HTA around the world. 

A total of $20,000 CAD is available for the HTAi Educational Scholarship program each fiscal year. Scholarship applications are due October 15 of each year (unless otherwise specified).

A Look Back

Panel Session Report on Real World Evidence from Rare Disorders’ Registries

Held during the HTAi 2023 Annual Meeting in Adelaide, Australia, the panel session titled “Real World Evidence from Rare Disorders’ Registries: A Problem or Part of the Solution to Inform Decisions?” aimed to shed light on the critical role of real-world evidence (RWE) derived from registries focused on rare disorders.

The report of the HTAi 2023 Panel on RWE from Rare Disorders Registries is available here.

HTAi webinars

HTAi recently hosted two webinars that are now available on-demand. 

HTA in Robotic Surgery
Held on September 20, 2023, and hosted by the HTAi Medical Devices Interest Group
Building on the results of a recent research study into HTA best practices for Robotic-Assisted Surgery, this webinar will present and open discussion about the challenges in assessing a rapidly developing technology. We will explore how HTAs can guide decision-making and policy discussions and consider the future of robotic surgery and related digital technologies. How can HTAs be ready?

WHO Europe’s Access to Novel Medicines Platform and support for HTA in the WHO European Region
September 21, 2023
WHO’s European Programme of Work 2020–2025 – “United Action for Better Health” highlights the importance of equitable and sustainable access to quality medicines in order to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Access to medicines and health products works at the interface of three SDGs: SDG 3 – good health and well-being; SDG 9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure; and SDG 17 – partnerships for the Goals. There have been major strides in biopharmaceutical research and advances in prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment in recent decades, thanks to investment from the public and private sectors. However, all countries in the WHO European Region have voiced concern over the escalating prices, affordability of medicines and especially the budgetary impact of novel medicines, which has led to restricted patient access, increased inequities and to financial hardship.

Network News

Real World Evidence & AI Interest Group
Announcing a leadership change for the HTAi Real World Evidence and Artificial Intelligence Interest Group (RWE-AI)! After his dedicated service, Massoud Toussi has stepped down from his position as Interest Group Chair. Please join us in thanking Massoud for his outstanding contributions! Taking over the leadership position are RWE-AI Co-Chairs, Elena Petelos and Dimitra Lingri. Congratulations to our new RWE-AI leadership!

Patient Involvement in HTA Book Opportunity
Can you write a chapter about social media analysis and AI to elicit patients’ perspectives for the revised edition of the book on Patient Involvement in HTA? If so, contact [email protected] for more details. Deadline for abstracts 10 November 2023. Deadline for full chapter 5 April 2024. 

HTA News from Around the World

From ICER and PHTI: he Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (USA) has published its updated Value Assessment Framework that guide the development if ICER evidence reports. Read more

From Office of Health Economics: OHE released a publication examining whether recommendations for HTA of gene therapies are being achieved  Read more

From WHO: WHO announces the opening of the 2023 call for innovative health technologies for low-resource settings especially for the provision of services related to screening, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, and overall management of NCDs. 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].

Project Coordinator, Annual Meetings (remote, full time)
HTAi is seeking a self-motivated, organized individual to coordinate all aspects of the Annual Meeting. The successful candidate must be able to support and collaborate across multiple teams in multiple countries and demonstrate fluency in English and Spanish. This is a 21-month contract position.  Apply now

Coordinator, Events (remote, full time)
HTAi is looking for an organized, detail-oriented Event Planning professional for an Events Coordinator position to cover a 4-month leave. If this describes you or someone you know, check out the description below.  Apply now


IJTAHC Featured Publications

  • Using Social Media Research in Health Technology Assessment: Stakeholder Perspectives And Scoping Review. Read more
  • Hospital-based health technology assessment of innovative medical devices: insights from a nationwide survey in France. Read more
  • Economic evaluation of remote patient monitoring and organizational analysis according to patient involvement: a scoping review. Read more

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