University of Tartu Department of Public Health was in 2010 nominated by the Ministry of Social Affairs to represent Estonia in EUnetHTA, a European Commission-funded Joint Action, and connecting national and regional agencies from all 27 EU Member States. EUnetHTA should put into practice an effective and sustainable collaboration of HTA knowledge sharing and promoting good practice in HTA methods and processes.
Participation in the working groups of the EunetHTA Joint strengthens the practical application of tools and approaches to cross-border HTA collaboration, and aims to establish a sustainable structure for HTA in the EU.
For the last decade, in order to strengthen the methods and processes for the systematic use of evidence in health policy making, the experience of the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been followed in Estonia. This lead the newly established Centre for HTA at University of Tartu to seek for methodological guidance and support from the University of Exeter Medical School Peninsula Technology Assessment Group PenTAG, which is one of the academic centers in UK contracted to perform HTA for the UK National Health System.