For evaluations, the process through the Danish Health Technology Council consists of three phases.
1. The proposal phase
2. The evaluation phase
3. The follow-up phase
The individual elements of the three phases are described in more detail further down.
The proposal phase
The proposal phase is the initial contact between the applicant and the Danish Health Technology Council secretariat. In general, applicants are always welcome to contact the Danish Health Technology Council secretariat by phone or in writing. Applicants wishing to have a health technology evaluated by the Danish Health Technology Council can approach the Danish Health Technology Council secretariat at any time.
Applicants should make their request by submitting information about the health technology via the Danish Health Technology Council’s website. The secretariat will then contact the applicant to initiate the dialogue. After this, the applicant can prepare an evaluation proposal. The evaluation proposal will serve as the basis for the Council’s decision on whether to initiate an evaluation. If the Council decides to initiate an evaluation based on the evaluation proposal, the applicant will move to phase 2, the evaluation phase.
The evaluation phase
In the evaluation phase, several elements are initiated at the same time: the establishment of an expert committee and the preparation of an evaluation design and of an application. The expert committee participates in determining the evaluation design, and the application cannot be finalised by the applicant until the final evaluation design is available.
Work on the assessment report commences when the application has been submitted. When the assessment report has been completed, it is submitted for consultation with the applicant and the comparator (if a single comparator/company has been appointed). After this, the Council makes its recommendation concerning the health technology in question.
The follow-up phase
The last phase is the follow-up phase, in which the Council either decides to recommend the health technology, to not recommend the health technology, or to recommend it for knowledge acquisition. If the Council recommends the health technology for knowledge acquisition, the Danish Health Technology Council’s work continues. If, on the other hand, the Council either recommends or does not recommend the health technology, then the regional governments will be responsible for implementing or phasing out the technology in their respective regions.