Medical devices

Health technology assessment

Health technology assessment (HTA) is the systematic evaluation of properties, effects, and/or impacts of health technology. Its main purpose is to inform technology-related policy-making in health care, and thus improve the uptake of cost-effective new technologies and prevent the uptake of technologies that are of doubtful value for the health system.

67th World Health Assembly, May 2014

Understanding the importance of Health Intervention and Technology Assessment (HTA) in support of universal health coverage, a resolution (WHA67.23) was approved during the 67th World Health Assembly.

HTA history in WHO

WHO recent HTA events

Health technology assessment of medical devices

WHO has developed a reference document to provide an introduction to the concept and programme of health technology assessment (HTA) around the world and to highlight the contribution that HTA can make to informed policy and decision-making, particularly in developing and emerging countries. It further aims to describe strategic actions that countries can take for introducing HTA into their health systems.

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Diagnostic Imaging and Medical Devices
Essential Medicines and Health Products
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