Disinvestment and Early Awareness


The Interest Group (IG) on Disinvestment and Early Awareness (DEA) aims to be a key international centre for sharing knowledge and expertise, both in methods for prioritising and assessing obsolete or low-added value technologies and in the practical application of disinvestment for health systems.

Members of this group are staff members of HTA organizations, government departments and agencies, for-profit and not-for-profit firms, consultants and experts, and all those who use, provide, or otherwise are interested in disinvestment and reinvestment issues concerning obsolete or low-added value health technologies.

The Disinvestment and Early Awareness Interest Group (DEA-IG) began as the Disinvestment Sub-Group and started proposing panels and workshops at the HTAi meeting in Montreal 2008 and was formally established in 2010 as an Interest Group of HTAi. Members of the DEA-IG are working in a wide variety of capacities to support informed decision on disinvestment and promote initiatives or programs in their agencies, organizations and countries.


The DEA is active in developing, collaborating on, and sharing information on disinvestment experiences and methods all around the world.

The purpose of this group is to:

  1. Formalize a forum of discussion on this topic in HTAi
  2. Develop a repository of current experiences and methodological approaches to disinvestment
  3. Establish criteria on common approaches to the topic
  4. Propose methodological approaches
  5. Give advice to members of HTAi and other agencies working in this area.

Executive Team

Chair: Dr. Julie Polisena (Canada)
Co-Chair: Dr. Vigdis Lauvrak (Norway)

Technical Officer: Anna Lien Espeland (Norway)

Dr. Hans Peter Dauben, Former Chair (Germany)
Dr. Brian Godman, Former Co-Chair, Disinvestment (Sweden)
Dr. Iñaki Gutierrez-Ibarluzea, Former Co-Chair, Early Awareness and Alert Systems (Spain)
Dr. Roberta Joppi (Italy)
Rosmin Esmail (Canada)

Join this IG

Involvement in the IGs is open to all HTAi members with current membership, which allows you to join the IG mailing lists to receive notifications about IG activities and opportunities to get more involved in specific working groups and projects.

To join, or if you have further questions, please contact interestgroups@htai.org.

HTAi Membership

As a member of HTAi, you're become part of an international society of experts and leaders in the HTA field. You can gain access to our Annual Meeting, Policy Forums and Interest Groups, where you can participate in the critical conversations that help inform policy on the use of effective technologies in health assessment.