Volume 11 | No. 6 | Nov / Dec 2023 query_builder 1 minute

What is the BC Health Technology Assessment Committee?

DAP and NHMSFAP update


Under the BC Ministry of Health, the BC Health Technology Assessment Committee (HTAC) makes evidence-informed recommendations about which devices, diagnostics, medical procedures, and programs should be publicly funded in the province.

The HTAC is comprised of a member from the Ministry of Health and each of the province’s health authorities, as well as a scientific advisor, health economist, ethicist, and members of the public.

The HTAC follows an evidence-based process, which includes topic selection, an evidence-based assessment, review by the HTAC, and makes recommendations to senior ministry and health authority executives about whether a technology should be publicly provided. The actual decision about whether a technology should be provided relies on many other factors in addition to the HTAC recommendation.

Approved technologies and supporting material are posted on the BC Ministry of Health HTAC website for public access. These may support decisions by the College’s accreditation programs (DAP and NHMFAP) related to new technology accreditation requests, when other technology assessment are not available (e.g. CADTH and NICE).