[Health technology assessment of innovative medical devices: Timing and decision at national and local level]

Ann Pharm Fr. 2020 Mar;78(2):189-197. doi: 10.1016/j.pharma.2019.10.002. Epub 2019 Nov 2.
[Article in French]


Introduction: The Medical Device Committee (CODIMS) evaluates all innovative medical devices (MD) before their introduction in the hospitals of the Assistance publique-hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP). At the national level, the Medical Device and Health Technology Evaluation Committee (CNEDiMTS) provides recommendation for MD with respects to reimbursement by the National Health Insurance Fund. The aim of this study is to compare the recommendations of both committees and to analyze their timing on a six-year period.

Material and method: We selected all innovative MD assessed by the CODIMS between 2013 and 2018. We retrieved all the recommendations for these MD from the CNEDiMTS. We performed quantitative and qualitative analysis of data collected.

Results: On 30 innovative MD assessed by both the CODIMS and the CNEDiMTS, 11 (37%) evaluations were performed by the CODIMS before the CNEDiMTS evaluation. They occurred approximately a year before the CNEDiMTS recommendation (an average of 378 days). Among the 25 MD with a recommendation of both committees, the two opinions were consistent in 88 per cent of all cases.

Discussion/conclusion: This study highlights that there is a good consistency between the recommendations of both committees. This suggests that the MD evaluations conducted at the hospital level are relevant and timely. Finally, a better coordination between the national and local levels should be promoted for the MD assessment.

Keywords: Assessment; Dispositif médical; Hospital; Hôpital; Innovation; Medical device; Évaluation.

MeSH terms

  • Equipment and Supplies / standards*
  • France
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health, Reimbursement
  • National Health Programs
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical*