WHO Collaborating Centre

The PPRI Conference 2015 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 redesignated a centre of expertise in summer 2014. The Centre has a dedicated team of academics working closely with the WHO at international and European levels to facilitate the development of a 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.

A special initiative in this context is the Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Information (PPRI) network. PPRI was originally an EU-funded project (2005 – 2007) which aimed to improve information and knowledge on pharmaceutical systems in Europe since no such initiative existed at that time. In the course of the project the PPRI network was established, and a set of pharmaceutical indicators, filled with real data from 28 PPRI countries, as well as more than 20 country reports and brief overviews on the pharmaceutical systems (country information) were produced. Since 2008, PPRI has continued a Member States driven initiative because policy makers represented in the PPRI network expressed their strong interest to continue cooperation.

Eligible institutions for PPRI are competent authorities for pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement. As of 2015, the PPRI network comprises around 80 institutions from 45 countries (all 28 EU Member States, plus Armenia, Albania, Belarus, Canada, Macedonia, Moldova, Norway, Iceland, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Switzerland, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, and Ukraine) and European Commission services and agency, OECD, WHO and the World Bank. For further information see http://whocc.goeg.at/Networks/ListOfMembers and http://whocc.goeg.at/Literaturliste/Dokumente/Articles/Vogler_PPRI_HealthPolicyTechnology_2014.pdf