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Deadlines for Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) in 2012

The 2012 deadline dates for the lodgment of documentation to MSAC and its sub-committees, the Protocol Advisory Sub-committee and Evaluation Sub-committee, have been published on the MSAC website. They can be found at the links below.
Protocol Advisory Sub-committee document lodgment dates
Evaluation Sub-committee and MSAC document lodgment dates

Transition Arrangements for Co-dependent Technologies in 2012

Following discussions with stakeholders including Medicines Australia, the Department of Health and Ageing has decided to provide a formal transition period pending the introduction of integrated, coordinated arrangements for appraising co-dependent technologies across Health Technology Assessment (HTA) pathways for different funding programs, particularly in relation to medicines and their companion diagnostics. Further information can be found at the link below.
Transition Arrangements for Co-dependent Technologies in 2012

HTA Access Point (HTAAP) Information Pack

The HTA Access Point has developed an Information Pack for applicants with co-dependent or hybrid technologies seeking reimbursement.

New MSAC Documentation

The Review of the Health Technology Assessment in Australia (HTA Review), recommended that the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) strengthen and streamline its operations and improve the flexibility of its regulatory processes. Work has been undertaken to address this recommendation. Input from stakeholders has informed changes to the MSAC application process.

This includes:
  • Pre-assessment documentation to initiate an application to MSAC for public funding of a proposed medical service;
  • the 2012 meeting calendar for MSAC and its subcommittees; and
  • an associated process map to assist applicants with an overview of the process for consideration of a medical service through the department.
These documents are now available on the MSAC application process page.

Further mapping and analysis is underway to determine where further streamlining of applications can occur. Work is also well advanced on updating MSAC Guidelines into the structure and format of the PBAC Guidelines and these are expected to be available by the end of this year.

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