History of HTAsiaLink
Throughout the Asia, HTA agencies are relatively new. In 2006, the Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP) was established in Thailand. Consecutively in 2008, HTA division is established in Taiwan Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE) and the National Evidence-based healthcare Collaborating Agency (NECA) was founded in Korea. Soon after the establishment of HTA in CDE, HITAP and CDE started collaborations.
In June, 2010, HITAP and NECA delegations met at the Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) annual conference in Dublin, Ireland and agreed on the need of a collaborative networking among the regional health technology assessment (HTA) agencies and collaborative research.
Finally, a consensus among three organizations (CDE, HITAP, and NECA) and individual researchers from Malaysia and Japan 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.
In January, 2011, during the international symposium and workshop for the Asian value for a QALY, hosted by NECA in Seoul, the agreement was reached on establishing the HTAsiaLink and undertaking collaborative researches thereafter. The founding organizational members are CDE, HITAP, and NECA.
The first issue of HTAsiaLink Newsletter was distributed in June, 2011 and HITAP kindly volunteered to run the editorial office. The newsletter is currently distributed three times a year.
In 2012, NECA is volunteered to create HTAsiaLink website and maintain the contents.
Click below to read more on the establishment of HTAsiaLink, success elements of its network, and future tasks.