Europe

The EU through its executive branch, the European Commission, promotes Health technology assessment (HTA) by making policies and funding policies aimed at strengthening HTA in Europe. Around fifteen of the European countries have formal national programs on HTA and some also have regional public programs. Moreover, those EU member-countries that do not have a national approach to HTA have developed an interest in becoming more involved. The main focus of HTA projects sponsored by the European Commission is networking and collaboration among established agencies and institutions for HTA, as well as on capacity building, support, and facilitating the development of HTA mechanisms in European countries that still do not have any program in the field.


News and press releases: Modernising the orphan designation process

19/06/2018 Modernising the orphan designation process EMA launches new submission portal today The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a new secure online portal for orphan designation applications. The portal, named ‘Iris’, provides a single space where applicants can submit and manage the information and documents related to their applications […]


News and press releases: Guidance for pharmaceutical companies to prepare for UK’s withdrawal from EU

19/06/2018 Guidance for pharmaceutical companies to prepare for UK’s withdrawal from EU Publication of updated Q+As and practical guidance The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission have updated their guidance to help pharmaceutical companies prepare for the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Updates to […]


News and press releases: Meeting highlights from the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) 11-14 June 2018

15/06/2018 Meeting highlights from the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) 11-14 June 2018 PRAC held public hearing on quinolone and fluoroquinolone antibiotics At its June meeting, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) discussed two ongoing safety reviews, as shown in the published agenda. As part of […]


The Brief -Votes: boats or wallets?

As the tenth anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers approaches, politicians can finally sigh with relief – Europe is out of the woods. For the first time in more than a decade, a majority of Europeans have a positive opinion on the situation of their national economy (49% versus […]