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6. Symposium Health Technology Assessment

Deutsche Agentur für HTA des DIMDI – DAHTA@DIMDI

03. bis 04.11.2005, Köln


This year, the German Agency for Health Technology Assessment at the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DAHTA@DIMDI) looks back at five years of active HTA work. Five years in which HTA has prospered from a special term used by experts to an internationally discussed concept, which in many cases found its way in legislation already. Enough reasons to examine the knowledge, value and prospects of HTA together with HTA experts from all over the world at the meanwhile sixth German HTA symposium.

With "Biomedical Sciences" a focus has been chosen which addresses all aspects of the HTA concept by its political explosiveness and scientific development. Not only genetic therapies or diagnostic developments may raise many questions concerning efficacy, safety, appropriateness and effectiveness; ethical and legal implications are of great importance here as well.

We want to learn about the experiences and procedures of international HTA organisations and to discuss future measures and challenges. Top-class representatives of European HTA institutions, of HTA networks and of the international association HTAi will present their know-how. They are accompanied by participants from politics and science, as well as from international organisations of the health care system, e.g. the OECD.

Traditionally, this year's HTA symposium programme is dedicated to the exchange between HTA users and HTA developers. Accordingly, the symposium will be followed by the module for education and training; this year it concerns the evaluation of trials and the use of international information sources.

Scientific Program