Members of NICE International, at the request of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) attended as expert advisers to the second inter-country meeting on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), held in Cairo, Egypt. We had the opportunity to present the governance and evidence collection processes within NICE, and to discuss and share experience with colleagues from across the region who are responsible for HTA in their respective countries. We also discussed support available to countries looking to strengthen their HTA processes and methods, through NICE International and the International Decision Support Initiative.
In addition, the event saw the launch of a regional HTA network for the EMRO region, to support collaboration between member states.
We will be following up with colleagues in several countries who expressed an interest in collaborating with NICE on knowledge sharing projects, as well as with EMRO colleagues to explore how NICE may be able to link with and build on their HTA initiatives in the region.