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Strong support for EU action on health technology assessment

Respondents to a public consultation have backed EU cooperation on health technology assessment being extended beyond 2020.

EU cooperation on health technology assessment—the provision of policymakers with objective information on medical, economic, social and ethical aspects of healthcare innovations—was judged useful to at least some degree by 81 per cent of those who responded to the consultation, the European Commission announced on 15 May. An even higher proportion, 87 per cent, said this cooperation should continue.

The commissioner for health and food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, said he was pleased by the consultation results. “Cooperation will bring real added value to all countries, through the pooling of resources, exchange of expertise, and the avoidance of duplication. I am keen to finalise a proposal on what form this cooperation will take before the end of the year,” he said.

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