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NICE (UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence) for Europe? Not yet awhile

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The merits of the unique National Institute for Clinical Excellence were sung loud at the Clinical Excellence 2001 annual meeting last week (see reports on page 8). But one of the drawbacks of the UK's national model of best practice guidance is that it doesn't travel well. At least not for the present. For while the European Commission prepares next year to embrace closer integration of the work of Europe's health technology assessment bodies (subject to the adoption of EU public health strategy), the establishment of a single health technology assessment body for Europe may remain something for the more distant future.

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