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Article HAS - Mis en ligne le 14 août 2019

Three Missions

Evaluating Health Products and Technologies

HAS is tasked with the evaluation of health products from a medical and economic perspective. It issues appraisal recommendations that aid public authorities in reimbursement and pricing decision-making with regards to the national health fund. 

HAS evaluates the clinical benefit of drugs, medical devices, procedures and other health technologies, assessing added benefit over existing therapeutic strategies.

When innovation is claimed and potentially associated with a significant impact on health spending, health products and technologies are required to undergo a health economic evaluation.  


Domain of activity
  • Drug Evaluation
  • Medical Device Evaluation
  • Procedure and Intervention Evaluation
  • Health Economic Evaluation

Key figures 2018

  • 650 drugs assessed or reassessed, totaling 760 appraisal recommendations
  • 249 medical devices assessed, totaling 760 appraisal recommendations
  • 36 appraisal recommendations issued for procedures and interventions
  • 19 efficiency appraisals issued for either drugs or devices

Recommending Best Practices

HAS develops recommendations for professionals of both the health and social care sectors in order to optimize and harmonize practices and organizations of care.

To satisfy this objective, HAS develops best practice recommendations, promotes health and well-being pathways and elaborates tools for professionals that promote and encourage relevant care. When a population-based approach to health questions is necessary, HAS is also tasked with producing public health guidelines.

Lastly, the institution contributes to the framing of vaccine policy in France by elaborating vaccine recommendations.

Domain of activity
  • Best Practice Guidelines
  • Public Health Guidelines
  • Vaccine Guidelines
  • Health Pathways and Relevant Care
  • Tools and Patient Safety Programs
  • Accreditation of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE)

Key figures 2018

  • 13 Best Practice Guidelines
  • 1 Public Health Guideline
  • 8 Vaccine Guidelines
  • 7 Pathway Guides and 4 Leaflets on Relevant Care
  • 8 Patient Safety publications
  • 36 ambulatory and 18 hospital CPOEs accredited

Measuring and Improving

HAS is responsible for measuring and improving quality care and patient safety in health care facilities and office-based practice. Since April 2018, this task was extended to include quality support in social care services and facilities. 

This mission is further broken down to 4 types of activities:

  • Accreditation of health facilities, public and private, and evaluation of social care services and facilities
  • Development, measurement and analysis of quality and safety indicators of care
  • Physician and medical team accreditation for high-risk practices
  • Public information and quality of care management


Domain of activity
  • Accreditation of Hospitals and Clinics
  • Evaluation of Social Care Services and Facilities
  • Quality and Safety Indicators of Care
  • Physician and Medical Team Accreditation for High-Risk Practices
  • Public Information and Quality of Care Management

Key figures 2018

  • 819 newly-accredited health facilities
  • 33 national campaigns for quality and safety indicators of care
  • 1 230 accredited physicians and 889 physicians newly committed to the program
  • 40 newly accredited medical teams and 103 committed since 2014
  • 8 033 healthcare-related adverse events analyzed and collected in a national database dedicated for voluntary reporting

Strategic orientation

  • Ambitious and strong strategy built on 6 priority pillars
  • Innovation as a driving force for HAS, supporting its safe access
  • Public Involvement as a priority
  • Promote efficient health and well-being pathways
  • Better integrate relevance and patient-reported outcome measures in the evaluation process of health care and support services
  • Strengthen HAS efficiency
  • Strengthen HAS international influence and presence


HAS cooperates with all concerned stakeholders in a transparent, concerted effort to ensure a broad and transversal approach to quality.

HAS is equally committed to ensuring the scientific rigor and impartiality of its work. In serving both individual and collective interests, HAS upholds the merits of solidarity and equity in access to care, both integral to the French health system.

Public Involvement

HAS is committed to maximizing all efforts to ensure effective participation of the people who use services, carers and the public in the development of our guidance and other products.

In 2019, HAS established a Public Involvement Council to bring into perspective the public and patient view on the institution’s work.

When elaborating recommendations, HAS works with all stakeholders to foster greater mutual understanding–leveraging engagement strategies such as digital connectivity in order to achieve greater participation in health and well-being.

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