What is RedETSA?

The Health Technology Assessment Network of the Americas (RedETSA) is a network made up of health ministries and institutions, health technology assessment agencies, regulatory authorities, collaborating centers of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and education and research institutions in the region of the Americas.

Our Network runs regional meetings and distance training plans for members and non-members. It has the participation of 21 member countries of the Region of the Americas represented by 42 health institutions that carry out Health Technology Assessments or are in the process of developing the area.

This extensive collaboration network allows the exchange of valuable information to promote the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) process in the Americas with the purpose of informing and supporting decision-making on regulation, incorporation, use and substitution of health technologies. in health systems.

Our goals

Our objectives are aimed at improving the quality of health care, patient safety and the rational use of technologies. This contributes to the sustainability of health systems and equity in access.

VISIBILITY: Identify the situation of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) at the national, subregional and regional level, as well as the priorities for its use in order to facilitate cooperation between countries and institutions by through networking.

ACCESS and INTEGRATION: Facilitate access to information and the exchange of knowledge on HTA through the Network, through the Regional Base of Health Technology Assessment Reports of the Americas (BRISA) and through through the Regional Access and Innovation Platform for Health Technologies (PRAIS).

ETHICS:Promote good practices for STD.

TRAINING: Strengthen the skills of human resources in STDs in health systems.

SYNERGY: Stimulate the consolidation of existing local ETS networks and the synergy of these networks with RedETSA.

INFORMED DECISIONS: Reduce information asymmetry, contributing to improving decision-making processes.

COOPERATION: Promote cooperation with other STD networks (national, sub-regional and global).

RedETSA History

One ​​of the great challenges of health systems based on Primary Health Care is the search for equity, quality of care and efficiency. Health technologies play an essential role in this search. Not only are they decisive for the quality of care, but they also represent an increasing budgetary impact that can threaten the sustainability of health systems.

In this context, the decision on the technologies that should be provided by health systems is key for countries to obtain the maximum possible health benefits. It is noteworthy that regional cooperation in this matter has gained strength in recent years.

  • 2010RedETSA is born

    During the Regional Meeting on Health Technology Assessment held in Buenos Aires, in October 2010, representatives from 12 countries and a total of 20 institutions, including the countries' ministries of health, Collaborating Centers of the Pan American Health Organization ( PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and other networks and institutions, agreed to the creation of the Health Technology Assessment Network of the Americas (RedETSA).

  • 2011Launch

    This Network was officially launched in June 2011, in Rio de Janeiro, with the signing of cooperation agreements between the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) of Brazil, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Health Technologies (CADTH) and the the United States for International Development (USAID). The objective was clear: to exchange information, promote the adoption of common methodologies and establish joint work priorities to strengthen capacities in Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

  • 2012Workplan

    A meeting was held in April 2012 in Lima, where the Network's priorities were defined, a work plan was established, and it was agreed that PAHO would exercise its secretariat. In September 2012, at the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference, Member States were pioneers, worldwide, by adopting for the first time a resolution on the evaluation and incorporation of health technologies in health systems. Resolution CSP28.R9 was an innovative policy document that proposed linking evidence-based decision-making for health technology assessment with the decision-making process in health systems to manage and use technologies. sanitary. The importance of RedETSA was recognized in the resolution and Member States were urged to take part.

  • 2021-202210 years of RedETSA

    En 2021 RedETSA cumplió 10 años desde su fundación. Debido a la pandemia COVID-19, ese año se hizo el primer y único encuentro regional virtual de la Red. 

    En 2022, en la 30va Conferencia Sanitaria Panamericana se presentó el Informe final de la Resolución CSP28.R9 donde se muestran los avances de los últimos 10 años que tuvieron los países en la institucionalización y desarrollo de la ETS como herramienta fundamental para informar la toma de decisiones de cobertura en salud.

  • 2023Members

    Currently RedETSA is made up of 42 member institutions that represent 21 countries in the Region of the Americas.

PAHO/WHO Resolutions


Access and rational use of medicines and other strategic and high-cost health technologies. (September 2022) Read more »


Evaluation and incorporation of health technologies in health systems. (September 2022) Read more »


Evaluation and incorporation of health technologies in health systems. (September 2015) Read more »


Assessment of health interventions and technologies in support of universal health coverage
(Mayo 2014) Read more »


Evaluation and incorporation of health technologies in health systems. (September 2012) Read more »


Evaluation and incorporation of health technologies in health systems. (September 2012)Read more »