WHO Collaborating Centre
The PPRI Conference 2011 is organised by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies at the Department of Health Economics at the Austrian Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH) in Vienna. The WHO Collaborating Centre was established in summer 2010 and has a dedicated team of academics working closely with WHO at international and European levels to facilitate the development of the public health approach in pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement policies through research, exchange and dissemination of the evidence base of best-practice models and knowledge transfer. The expertise at this WHO Collaborating Centre was built up during the last decades in the framework of numerous national and international projects, initiatives and networks. The PPRI network and the PHIS project are of special importance in this context:
- PPRI, the acronym for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Information, is a networking and information-sharing initiative on burning issues of pharmaceutical policies from a public health perspective. It involves PPRI Members of almost 60 institutions (mainly competent authorities and third party payers) from the whole European Union, plus Albania, Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland and Turkey.
- PHIS (Pharmaceutical Health Information System) is an European Commission funded project which aims at increasing knowledge and exchange of information on pharmaceutical policies, in particular on pricing and reimbursement, in the EU Member States, covering both the out-patient and the in-patient sector. The project runs from September 2008 until April 2011 and also involves a network of national competent authorities, medicines agencies, third party payers (e.g. social insurance institutions) and research institutes from all European Member States as well as Albania, Canada, Croatia, Island, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland and Turkey. Additionally the PHIS network also includes representatives from the in-patient sector, representing e.g. hospital associations.