Regional and national HTA bodies provide recommendations on medicines and other health technologies that can be financed or reimbursed by the healthcare system in a particular Member State or region. In countries where health technology assessment is in place, payers, pricing and reimbursement agencies or HTA bodies rely upon these assessments to:

  • determine reimbursement status;
  • provide information on benefits and harms of new treatments compared to available treatment options;
  • support the price negotiation process.

The assessment criteria used by HTA bodies differ between Member States, in accordance with regional and national legislation.

Latest Glossary Definitions

Parallel Consultation (PC)

It refers to the parallel consultation between European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) and the European Medicines Agency (

Individual Parallel Consultation

Individual Parallel Consultations are supported by the EUnetHTA ED Secretariat, thereby benefiting from HTA scientific and administrative coordination with centralised HTA recruitment, consolidated HTA comments and List of Issues, albeit with individual HTA written reports as the final product.

Health Technology Assessment Bodies (HTABs)

Regional and national HTA bodies provide recommendations on medicines and other health technologies that can be financed or reimbursed by the healthcare system in a particular Member State or region.

Early Dialogues Working Party (EDWP)

The Early Dialogues Working Party (EDWP) is a standing committee established by EUnetHTA to ensure robust high-quality HTA outputs. All EDWP members will participate in procedures selected for Consolidated Parallel Consultation.

Early Dialogues Committee (EDC)

The Early Dialogue Committee (EDC) is constituted for a specific product and the members will fluctuate to a degree for each Consultation. In the case of Consolidated Parallel Consultations, all EDWP members and a maximum of 3 other HTA members (from EUnetHTA WP5) will participate.

Consolidated Parallel Consultation

Products selected for this pathway will have an EDC composed of the EDWP members and up to 3 additional HTABs. Once the decision to proceed with a Consolidated Parallel Consultation has been taken, the EUnetHTA ED Secretariat begins the process of recruiting additional HTABs to compose the EDC.

Medical Device Software

A "medical device software”, refers to a computer application that meets the legal definition of a medical device and is not a part of any distinct product.

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