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HTAsiaLink Network


Earlier this year, Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), Thailand, and other Asian HTA units (i.e. South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan) agreed to establish an HTA collaboration, 'HTAsiaLink', in order to strengthen and improve the use of HTA among the region through various activities such as collaborative research projects, meetings and conferences, as well as sharing HTA information via group mail.

Furthermore, the group agreeed to produce an electronic newsletter which will be disseminated to the network and other HTA units outside its members.

HTAsiaLink newsletter

Consensus between three organizations, namely Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), Universiti Sains Malaysia and National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency (NECA) on potential collaboration among HTA agencies meeting in Thailand, 4th September 2010, initially reached  an agreement to distribute an HTA newsletter among agencies in the region. The main objectives are to keep members updated on HTA activities, including organizational news, training, executive summary of research reports, and other related areas of interest.

1. To foster collaboration among member organizations;
2. To enhance HTA knowledge and experience among partner agencies; and
3. To raise awareness of decision makers in Asian countries regarding the use of HTA

Electronic version (file.PDF)

Target Audiences:
HTA agencies and decision making bodies (e.g. National Health Insurance Offices, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agencies) in Asia

Member organizations (HTA agencies or academic institutions that are conducting HTA)
• National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency (NECA), Korea
• Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE), Taiwan
• School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti sains Malaysia, Malaysia
• Department of Health Economics and Epidemiology Research, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Japan
• Ritsumikan University, Japan
• Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), Thailand

Recent member (last updated, Nov 2011):
• Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam

Three times per year

Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), Thailand

• Editorial
• HTA Research update: abstract or executive summary of HTA studies by member organizations
• Main scoop: depends upon the theme
• HTA activities: organizational news, educational/training opportunities, conferences and summary of ongoing projects
• HTA review (or sources): recommended  books, articles, databases or checklists that would facilitate HTA research activities


On September 4, 2010, an agreement to collaborate was reached between three Asian HTA organizations: Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), Thailand; Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia; and National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency (NECA), Korea. The organizations agreed  to distribute an HTA newsletter among member agencies in the region in order  to strengthen the network and facilitate information exchange among its members. The newsletter combines a range of HTA activities from member organizations, including organizational news, summaries of research reports, and other related areas that will be useful for the network itself and also for those who are interested in HTA in Asia countries. 

Apart from this HTA newsletter, collaborateing members have an opportunity to conduct relevant cross-country studies that are of mutual benefit to among member organizations. One such on-going cross-country study focuses on the social value of Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs). (For more information, see column: HTA activities)  

The goals of this Asian HTA collaboration are fourfold: first, to enhance HTA capacity in the region; second, to raise awareness and inform health system decision makers and health professionals of the utility of HTA; third, to foster membership growth in the region among those with HTA knowledge and committed to informing HTA policy and practice; and finally, to offer a forum in which to share HTA knowledge and experience to the mutual benefit of member organizations. 

Best Wishes,

The Editorial Team (

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