Commission welcomes the move towards more innovative health technologies for patients

(Credit: Unsplash)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.


The Commission welcomes the political agreement on the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Regulation reached by the European Parliament and the Council early this morning. The Regulation will improve the availability of innovative health technologies such as innovative medicines and certain medical devices for EU patients, ensure efficient use of resources and strengthen the quality of HTA across the EU. Examples of health technologies include medicinal products, medical equipment and diagnostics. It will also facilitate business predictability, reduce duplication of efforts for HTA bodies and industry and ensure the long-term sustainability of EU HTA cooperation.

Welcoming the agreement, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides made the following statement:

“I am very pleased that the European Parliament and the Council have reached a long-awaited political agreement on the Health Technology Assessment Regulation. The Regulation will be a significant step forward to enable joint scientific assessments of promising treatments and medical devices at EU level.

Such high quality scientific assessments will help Member States to take more timely and evidence-based decisions on patient access to their healthcare systems.

The new Regulation will be crucial for the objectives of EU’s Pharmaceutical Strategy and Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, in particular when it comes to facilitating access to innovative medicines and addressing unmet medical needs with important benefits for patients across the EU. Having a strong system for HTA in place is key for a strong European Health Union.

I would like to thank the previous Presidencies and the Portuguese Presidency for the work achieved over the past year for the European Parliament’s involvement on this important file. The Commission presented its legislative initiative on 31 January 2018 already, and while the European Parliament closed its first reading in February 2019, discussions in Council have been challenging. This result was a major achievement for EU cooperation and I am looking forward to a swift adoption by both institutions in the coming months.”

The Regulation will replace the current system of EU-funded project-based cooperation between Member States on health technology assessment with a permanent framework for joint work. The new framework will also, in addition to work on joint clinical assessments, cover joint scientific consultations, the identification of emerging health technologies, and voluntary cooperation.

The Regulation does not impact on Member States’ current responsibility for the management of their health services, including pricing and reimbursement. 

Next steps

The Regulation will now have to be formally adopted by the Council and the European Parliament before it can enter into force.

Background

The Commission’s proposal for a regulation on health technology assessment (HTA) was adopted in January 2018. The European Parliament closed its first reading position in February 2019 and has maintained this position under the new Parliamentary mandate. Negotiations in Council were more challenging, however the Portuguese Presidency obtained a first partial mandate in March 2021 to start informal negotiations with the European Parliament and a second mandate in June 2021 to secure the adoption of the file.

Both the co-legislators and the Commission showed strong commitment to achieve adoption of this very important file that will contribute to the objectives of the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe in terms of supporting innovation, addressing unmet medical needs and facilitating patient access to innovative medicines.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Banning caged farming in the EU: Hearing on the European Citizens’ Initiative

Coronavirus: EU strengthens action to tackle disinformation

Drawing scenarios for drifting Britain; elections or May’s deadlock?

10 tonnes of trash was taken off Everest – and repurposed

State aid: Commission approves €6 billion German measure to recapitalise Lufthansa

Beating cancer: MEPs react to the EU Plan for joint action

270 million people are migrants, who send home a staggering $689 billion

Media and entertainment in flux: it’s time for the close-up

Pandemic: another look at the self

What is systemic racism, and how can we combat it?

Europe had a record year for Measles – and it’s partly down to anti-vaccine campaigners

How we measure stakeholder capitalism will determine our recovery

Children suffering ‘atrocities’ as number of countries in conflict hits new peak: UNICEF

Agreement reached on new EU Solidarity Corps

World in grip of ‘high impact weather’ as US freezes, Australia sizzles, parts of South America deluged

2019 Innovation Scoreboards: The innovation performance of the EU and its regions is increasing

Why do medical students have to emigrate to become doctors in 2017?

We need to give voice to ‘We the Peoples’, says UN chief

Here are four steps SMEs can take for long-term success

The priority for workplaces in the new normal? Wellbeing

Commission imposes a fine of €561 million on Microsoft

Innovative finance tools could protect cities from climate change

How to make sure tech doesn’t leave people behind

The world is too complacent about epidemics. Here’s how to change

What UK and EU risk if Brexit “wins” these elections

TTIP 9th Round marked by American disappointment: Will some optimism save this trade agreement?

Are we at risk of a financial crisis? Our new report takes a look

Main results of Foreign Affairs EU Council, 16/07/2018

Paradise islands of Pacific increasingly vulnerable to climate change, as UN boosts resilience

Plants, the ‘core basis for life on Earth’, under increasing threat, warns UN food agency

De-stigmatizing a mental illness: importance of individual and collective representativeness

EU founding values: Commission starts legal action against Hungary and Poland for violations of fundamental rights of LGBTIQ people

6 steps every country must take now to prevent coronavirus deaths: WHO Director-General

Radio still a powerful worldwide tool for ‘dialogue, tolerance and peace’: Guterres

Why building consumer trust is the key to unlocking AI’s true potential

Racial abuse of England players exposes deep societal fractures and the need for change

It’s getting harder to move data abroad. Here’s why it matters and what we can do

European Green Deal: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests

Why the next step for antiracism is transportation

COVID-19: EU countries should harmonise testing procedures and frequency

Opponents of constitutional change in Burundi face torture and execution: UN investigators

6 data policy issues experts are tracking right now

Commission refers Denmark to the Court for failing to fulfil its obligations in relation to the name “Feta”

Quality education an ‘essential pillar’ of a better future, says UN chief

What slums can teach us about building the cities of the future

The banks dragged Eurozone down to fiscal abyss

Trade, entrepreneurship and the future of ASEAN’s economy

Is this the way to finally beat corruption?

Renewable energy could power the world by 2050. Here’s what that future might look like

EU-Vietnam trade agreement enters into force

Here’s how we make the internet safer for children

4 ways leaders are driving innovation in the public sector and revolutionising governance

Mental health: these songs are proven to reduce stress

Mediterranean migrant drownings should spur greater action by European countries, urge UN agencies

New poll shows what people think coronavirus will do to their economies

Macron leads EU-wide minimum wage call as Merkel, Medvedev warn of global injustice

Trump fines China with $50 billion a year plus some more…

Europe’s moment: Repair and prepare for the next generation

Q and A: This is how stakeholder capitalism can help heal the planet

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s