England’s HTA Body To Revamp Product Selection Processes
New Unified Panel Will Identify Technologies For Guidance Development
Proposals from NICE now under consultation are intended to boost the health technology assessment body’s efficiency, improve transparency and governance, and raise the quality of its guidance.
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