Germany

Federal Joint Committee (G-BA)

G-BA is the main decision-making body of the self-governing bodies of physicians, dentists, psychotherapists, hospitals and health insurance funds in Germany. It defines guidelines for health care services that are eligible for reimbursement by Germany’s statutory health insurance fund. In addition, G-BA decides on quality assurance measures for the inpatient and outpatient sectors of the health care system. Its decisions are based on HTA reports, among other documents.

Link to G-BA

The G-BA website includes full versions of final reports as well as summarising documentations which, in part, are based on HTA reports. These publications are available in German only.

Link to G-BA publications (German versions)

Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)

IQWiG is an independent scientific institute that investigates the benefits and harms of medical interventions for patients. IQWiG’s scope of activities is defined by law and it works on behalf of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) or Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health. IQWiG’s recommendations serve as a basis for decision-making by G-BA, for instance, on the inclusion or exclusion of health care services in the list of reimbursed services. IQWiG assesses surgical and diagnosing procedures, pharmaceutical products as well as treatment guidelines, and creates the basis for new disease management programmes (DMP). A separate website provides information for patients on health-related themes (https://www.informedhealth.org/).

 Link to IQWiG

The list of publications on the IQWiG website includes a search function for finding documents by department, keyword, report type and topic.

Link to IQWiG publications

German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI)

DIMDI is an institute within the scope of the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG). DIMDI’s statutory tasks include the implementation and operation of database-supported information systems for assessing the impact and effectiveness as well as costs of medical procedures and technologies. DIMDI has HTA reports prepared on aspects for which no evidence-based information relating to Germany is available, and in its database, German HTA reports are made available. The general public may contact experts for online information on specific themes. In addition, a pool of approximately 70 databases may be accessed. DIMDI discontinued producing HTA's by the end of 2016.

Link to DIMDI

All HTA reports by DIMDI as well as reports by the self-administration bodies of the German healthcare system and by international HTA agencies are searchable in the DAHTA database. These publications (PDF files) are available for download free of charge.

Link to DIMDI publications

German Network for Evidence Based Medicine (DNEbM), HTA Division

The objective of DNEbM is to communicate and advance approaches to and methods of EBM in the fields of clinical practice, teaching and research. Today, the HTA Division of DNEbM has a staff of 124. The HTA advisory council aims at initiating a dialogue between HTA and EBM, promoting an exchange on methodologies, dissemination and implementation of HTA as well as establishing an HTA information and communication platform on the DNEbM website.

 Link to DNEbM

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