Managing the relationship between HTA and health technology developers

There is no perfect way to manage the links between those who develop, produce and own technologies and those who assess them. HTA bodies must recognise their links to key stakeholders, and consider how to engage them in a robust and accountable way. Transparency in the assessment process, for instance, provides a framework for collaboration rather than confrontation, and the HTA principles give good guidance on how to engage stakeholders in the HTA process.