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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Health Technology Wales (HTW) have announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on medical technology guidance, increasing cooperation between the two organisations with regards to planning and information sharing.

The agreement will see the two organisations collaborate on the strategic planning and delivery of medical technology guidance across England and Wales. The partnership is designed to allow for important amendments in medical technology to be implemented more efficiently.

Meindert Boyson, director of NICE’s centre for health technology evaluation, commented: “NICE welcomes this agreement with Health Technology Wales which aims to improve the way both organisations collaborate and communicate in the important area of medical technologies.”

Meanwhile, HTW Chair, Professor Peter Groves, who will remain as Chairman of the NICE Technologies Advisory Committee, commented: “We’re delighted to formalise our relationship with NICE. Our role in promoting the use of medical technologies that offer the most benefit for the people of Wales is shared by NICE.”

“It’s time that we collaborate to share resources and knowledge so that we can ensure the best possible outcomes from the work of both organisations in improving the health of people in Wales.”

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