Updates on the Annual Meeting

We will continue to provide updates on the 2020 Annual Meeting on this page. We encourage you to check back periodically for the most recent information.


Recent Updates

June 19, 2020

An excerpt from the President’s Blog on May 14, 2020:

“The last meeting in Cologne was a tremendous success with 1,200 delegates from 75 countries. The Annual Meetings continue to be the flagship event for our organizational and individual members, since the society was founded in 2003, and indeed before that with all the preceding ISTAHC meetings. It is with tremendous regret and sadness that for reasons outside our control, we will not be able to gather as usual in June, in Beijing. Notwithstanding, we should take this as an opportunity to be closer to members by exploring new initiatives, ways of presenting scientific contributions and encouraging discussions. This was part of my ambition when I became a member of the Board, by going digital and offering more services to members. Now, this will be mandatory and we will see how we surf this tremendous wave we have ahead.”

HTAi is excited to announce the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting!

The HTAi 2020 Virtually Annual Meeting will run the course of July and August, with Poster, Oral, Panel, and Plenary presentations scheduled throughout the two months. This meeting will be free of charge to all HTAi members.

More information will be released by June 30, 2020, including the registration portal and detailed schedule.


Past updates

April 22, 2020

HTAi would like to extend sincere gratitude for the patience and understanding our stakeholders have exhibited while we adapt to the evolving global situation with COVID-19. As part of our commitment to keeping our community informed, we share the following update.

The decision of the Board of Directors to no longer hold the Annual Meeting 2020 in Beijing, China has been difficult to arrive at, but essential. HTAi, Fudan University, China National Health Development Research Centre (CNHDRC), and the 2020 International Scientific Program Committee remain committed to the goal of expanding our ability to mobilize and strengthen the global HTA community. In support of this goal, we continue our efforts to develop future international meeting opportunities in China.

In the meantime, HTAi is investigating opportunities to make digital content available to our valued members. These include previously accepted HTAi 2020 Annual Meeting program materials which are recognized as outstanding for their quality and thought leadership.

To those who are not ready to commit to HTAi membership, but are interested in receiving information on digital content, please email the Secretariat at info@htai.org, using the subject line Attn: Digital Content . Your name will be added to a mailing list with regular updates.

We will also take this moment to remind our valued members and stakeholders of our 2021 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Manchester, United Kingdom in June 2021. Abstract submission systems for the 2021 Annual Meeting are expected to open in August 2020.

Further information will be provided over the course of the upcoming months. For additional opportunities to stay involved with HTAi, visit htai.org.


March 20, 2020

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have continued to monitor the evolving global situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) for impacts to our delegates, speakers, partners, volunteers, staff, and many other key stakeholders. As part of our commitment to keeping our stakeholder community fully informed, the Board of Directors requests the following 2020 Annual Meeting status update be communicated.

Based on the balance of the evidence before the Board, and with the strong support of our local hosts, HTAi has determined the 2020 Annual Meeting can no longer safely proceed as planned in June; the health and safety of our stakeholders was paramount in arriving at this decision.

We appreciate your support and understanding while additional contingency plans are finalized and HTAi continues to investigate options to deliver our valuable services to our members. For additional opportunities to stay involved with HTAi, visit htai.org.

The HTAi Board will provide supplementary communications on or before April 10, 2020.


February 27, 2020

HTAi is aware of the global concerns regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as well as evolving public health and travel advisories.

The HTAi Board has reviewed contingency plans and determined to continue with planning for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Beijing at this time. The safety and security of our stakeholders remains paramount, and we will continue to closely monitor the situation for impact to our delegates, speakers, partners, staff, and volunteers. The HTAi Board will provide supplementary communications on or before March 20, 2020.

HTAi has been working with our local hosts, Fudan University and China National Health Development Research Centre (CNHDRC), over the past two years with the goal of expanding our ability to mobilize and strengthen the global HTA community. Despite local logistical challenges due to isolation infringements as a result of the outbreak, all parties remain committed to this goal and are seeking solutions to make the conference successful.

Registration deadlines

HTAi continues to encourage our stakeholders to review the advice of their local authorities. In recognition of current barriers to travel, the Early Bird Deadline for registration will be extended to April 20, 2020, giving delegates more flexibility in determining their travel arrangements.

Refund Policy

The Annual Meeting refund policy remains in effect; however, HTAi confirms it will offer a full refund on registration to any delegates who are prevented from attending the Annual Meeting due to COVID-19.

Entry into China

Visitors/delegates outside of China may be required to obtain a visitor’s visa if necessary. Delegates and speakers are encouraged to seek the guidance of their local authorities when making travel plans.

If a visa letter is requested during the registration process, a standardized invitation letter is produced upon completion of your registration. If you have additional requirements for your visa invitation letter, please directly contact the HTAi Secretariat annualmeeting@htai.org.