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Standardization of Health Economic Evaluation of Vaccines in Germany (STEErING)

Head:
Bernhard Ultsch
Deputy:
Ole Wichmann

Funding

Federal Ministry of Health (MoH), Germany

Project consultants

  • Prof Dr Jürgen Wasem, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • PD Dr Matthias Perleth, Federal Joint Committee (G-BA), Berlin
  • Oliver Damm, Bielefeld University

Project consultants

  • Prof Dr Jürgen Wasem, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • PD Dr Matthias Perleth, Federal Joint Committee (G-BA), Berlin
  • Oliver Damm, Bielefeld University

Tasks

Summary

Health economic evaluations (HEE) are routinely considered in immunization introduction decision-making processes in many industrialized countries. HEE can support the identification of the most efficient vaccination strategy (e.g. age at vaccination) and extends therefore the fundament of evidence based immunization recommendation.

In Germany such evaluations are currently not routinely considered for (new) vaccines, but can be taken into account in the decision-making process according to the standard operating procedure of the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO, www.stiko.de). However, there is currently neither a guideline stating the minimum requirements for HEE to be acceptable for STIKO nor how results of HEE should be considered in decision-making process of STIKO.

In this two- year project, methodologies should be developed (i) how to conduct HEE of vaccines and (ii) how to consider results from HEE in immunization introduction decision-making process in Germany. Besides systematic evidence research, the core of this project is the exchange with other international agencies and bodies that develop immunization recommendations, as well as with other experts and stakeholders involved in immunization policy making at (inter-) national level.

Date: 18.08.2014