The International Horizon Scanning Initiative (IHSI) has gained a new member with the announcement that Sweden is to become part of the collaboration.
The IHSI is an offshoot of the Beneluxa partnership, originally between Belgium, which has subsequently been joined by the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria and Ireland. The Initiative aims to establish multi-country horizon scanning. Beneluxa say:
“Horizon Scanning aims to highlight important pharmaceutical and medical technology innovations before they reach the market by continuously gathering data and analyzing research and literature. This improves insight in expected costs and enables timely decision making and (joint) price negotiations.”
Bruno Bruins, Dutch health minister, has also recently announced that Canada would join IHSI, bringing the expected number of contributing countries to 10. The Initiative is expected to begin in October.
Read the announcement, as reported by Van Bael & Bellis, here.