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HIQA consults on draft HTA engagement guide

07 Jan 2014

By Catherine Reilly.


Draft national guidelines on stakeholder engagement in health technology assessments (HTAs) have been launched by HIQA for consultation.


The guidelines outline appropriate methods for involving people in the assessment of health technologies. Stakeholders include patients, clinicians, service providers and decision-makers.

Dr Máirín Ryan, Director of HTA at HIQA, said: “The stakeholder engagement guidelines have been developed to describe best practice in relation to involving people in technology assessments. The guidelines give a high-level overview of what stakeholder engagement is, why it should be used, and how it can be done.”

She said that by incorporating stakeholder engagement in the technology assessment process, HIQA was “working towards ensuring that people have a voice that is heard during the process, while also ensuring that funding decisions consider all the people directly affected by the decision”.

The guidelines apply to HTAs being conducted by, or on behalf of, HIQA, the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics, the Department of Health and HSE on all healthcare treatments including medications, procedures, medical devices and broader public health initiatives. The guidelines are relevant to the assessment of both new and existing healthcare technologies, stated HIQA.

Feedback on the draft guidelines is invited on or before the closing date of January 24 2014. HIQA stated that it will review all submissions received to inform the final content of the guidelines. The draft guidelines and information on taking part in the consultation can be downloaded from

7 January 2014

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times