About us

The MEDICINE EVALUATION COMMITTEE (MEDEV) was established in 1998 by representatives of the social health insurance organisations in Austria, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and Switzerland to facilitate informed discussions and exchanges on pharmaceutical policy developments in the EU.

The European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP) in Brussels was commissioned with the role of coordinating the activities of the Committee.

Today MEDEV represents an informal cooperation between 22 national authorities from 18 Member States and Switzerland responsible for the assessment, pricing and reimbursement of medicines in Europe. MEDEV members include national HTA agencies and social health insurers (payers). The Committee meets five times a year, usually at the premises of ESIP in Brussels.

The overarching mission of MEDEV is to further the sustainable provision of medicines to patients who are publicly insured.


Cooperation & Exchange

MEDEV provides an informal platform for exchanges between national bodies responsible for the assessment, pricing and reimbursement of medicines to support them in their role at national level. This includes:

  • Rapid assessments of (new) medicinal products of common interest
  • Exchanges on ongoing and planned assessments for reimbursement, methodologies and pharmaceutical policy
  • Review of EU-level activities impacting on national assessment, pricing and reimbursement
  • Timely analyses of drug related trends and innovations, and political and legal initiatives of the European Institutions


MEDEV provides an informal platform for consultation at EU level, offering specific expertise in the following areas:



MEDEV collaborates closely with the following organisations and networks:

Reflections on national strategies for new medicines

2020-12-06 23:00:00

The accelerated pace of technological developments, increasingly complex therapies and the combination of different technologies is changing regulatory practice, influencing HTA as well as pricing and reimbursement.

Innovative medicines targeting a (high) unmet-medical-need often demand marketing authorisation through an expedited procedure based on much less robust evidence, leading to a higher uncertainty of effectiveness and safety.

In this changing environment, payers must still continue to ensure that decisions on access to safe and effective therapies are based on sufficient evidence and that prices reflect the actual added benefit to patients (and/or health systems). Thus, new products receiving marketing authorisation by way of expedited procedures present a challenge to current practices.

This paper is a reflection of how payer organisations in close cooperation with regulators, HTA, health professionals, patient organisations and marketing authorisation holders can implement changes to deal with these challenges. 

To view the full reflection paper, click on the following link