The International Information Network on new or emerging, appropriate use and re-assessment needed Health Technologies (EuroScan International Network e.V.) is a non-for-profit collaborative, member-driven network and scientific association of public agencies, scientific organizations and individuals for sharing and collecting information and development of methods for the early identification, appropriate use and awareness of health technologies (medical devices, pharmaceuticals) and procedures in medical, nursing and public health interventions.
The scientific association is registered in Germany but acting globally and based on the EuroScan network which since 1999 was hosted by the University of Birmingham, UK.
The international information network on Health Technologies (EuroScan International Network e.V.) is a scientific association of member organizations and individuals for the exchange of information on important emerging new drugs, devices, procedures, programs, and settings in health care. As an association it is a non-for-profit legal entity.
The EuroScan International Network was established as collaborative network of public agencies in 1997 following an international workshop held in Copenhagen. After the workshop a working group was established with representatives from Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, with associated representatives from Canada and Switzerland to collaborate on the exchange of information on the safety and efficacy of the new technologies. This working group became the EuroScan International Network in 1999.
In 2017 members of the EuroScan International Network founded the legal scientific association of EuroScan International Network e.V. in Cologne, Germany. The association should open the world of the collaborative network for scientific academic institutions and scientists and should include doers and users of the information needed during the awareness of technologies within their life-cycle. The provided knowledge should support the areas of assessment and decision making at local, regional, national and international levels.
In 2017 the former network members decided to merge into the new association.
In 2018 a strategic plan of the network up to 2020 has been discussed and developed as a draft to be approved by the members.
The EuroScan International Network e.V. is the leading global collaborative network that collects and shares information on innovative technologies, the appropriate use of technologies and the potential needs of re-assessment of the added value of technologies in healthcare to support decision-making and the adoption and use of effective, useful and safe health technologies. We are also the principal global forum for the sharing and development of methods for the early identification and pre-assessment of new, emerging and obsolete health technologies, and predicting their potential impact on health services and existing technologies.
The EuroScan International Network is committed to working with a high level of transparency and professionalism, and in partnership with researchers, research centers, governments and international organizations to produce high quality information and effective early awareness and alert systems for our respective constituencies. We are also committed to support the development of existing and new non-for-profit public agencies working in the horizon scanning of emerging, new and obsolete technologies.
The network will share information, to support actions to raise efficient scientific evidence based products. The network will support common projects through cooperation between members and with external partners.
Our common values shared as members of EuroScan international network are:
- services oriented work
- knowledge sharing
- capacity building
To establish a system to share skills and experience on horizon scanning of emerging, new and obsolete technologies.