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Question for Department of Health

UIN 28816, tabled on 29 February 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from NICE on the potential merits of a European relative effectiveness assessment to inform health technology appraisals.

Answered on

8 March 2016

In October 2015, the Department nominated the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a partner organisation in the planned third Joint Action on Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

NICE has advised that it has had a number of discussions with European Commission officials, as well as other partner organisations, about NICE’s participation in this planned Joint Action.

The Department is responsible for the policy framework for the assessment of health technologies and officials remain in close contact with NICE regarding the European Union collaboration in HTA, including the proposals for the production of joint products as part of the third Joint Action.

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Department of Health and Social Care