Partners and Collaborations
G-I-N encourages multilateral collaboration and works in partnership with the following non-profit groups/organisations:
- AGREE Research Trust
- The GRADE Working Group
- The International Network of Agencies for Health Technologies Assessment (INAHTA)
- The World Medical Association (WMA)
Additionally, we collaborate with some commercial organisations, in order to enhance the value of G-I-N membership by providing opportunities for access to products through your membership.
The AGREE Research Trust
AGREE stands for "Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation". It is an informal international collaboration of researchers and policy makers who seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of clinical practice guidelines by establishing a shared framework for their development, reporting and assessment.The AGREE Collaboration started in 1998 as a research, funded by the (BIOMED 2) Programme of the European Union. The project ended in June 2001. One of the main outcomes was the AGREE Instrument. In November 2002 the AGREE Collaboration obtained further funding under the European Union 5th Framework in order to disseminate the AGREE Instrument. This project ended in April 2004. The AGREE Research Trust became a formal entity in July 2004 when it was registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. In 2010 AGREE launched its new website and the AGREE II instrument (which follows and update and methodological refinement of the original AGREE instrument). The website also includes:
Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, health professionals, and consumers of health care; carers, advocates, and people interested in health. It responds to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health care. Cochrane is a not-for-profit organisation with collaborators from more than 130 countries working together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. After 20 years Cochrane is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading organisations in the health sector, with a reputation for producing high quality, credible information to inform health decision-making.
The Cochrane Library contains high quality health care information, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Find out more at The Cochrane Library
Since July 2015, the Cochrane Library has been available free of charge to full members of G-I-N. The portal can be found on members' dashboards.
The GRADE Working Group
The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (short GRADE) working group began in the year 2000 as an informal collaboration of people with an interest in addressing the shortcomings of grading systems in health care. The working group has developed a common, sensible and transparent approach to grading quality (or certainty) of evidence and strength of recommendations. Many international organisations have provided input into the development of the GRADE approach which is now considered the standard in guideline development.
TThe International Network of Agencies for Health Technologies Assessment (INAHTA)
The International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) is a non-profit organisation that has deep roots in the international HTA community stretching back to 1993 when the Network was founded. Today INAHTA has grown to 54 member agencies from 33 countries across North and Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. All members are non-profit making organisations producing HTA and are linked to regional or national government.
INAHTA's mission is to provide a forum for the identification and pursuit of interests that are important to our member agencies which will progress the realisation of INAHTA’s vision.
The Network aims to:
- Bring agency leadership and expertise to bear on the science and practice of HTA in the international health community.
- Demonstrate the value of HTA agencies as key components of modern health systems to support robust, evidence-based decision making.
- Support best practice and innovation for building and maintaining thriving HTA agencies.
- Build communities of practice to enable continuous exchange of knowledge and learning among our members.
INAHTA’s vision is a network of strong, independent HTA agencies, where each agency is an essential contributor to health system decision making to achieve better health and better health systems for the people they serve.
INAHTA is led by an international Board of Directors, who are responsible for guiding the direction and activities of the Network and Secretariat to achieve strategic objectives. The membership meets yearly at the INAHTA Congress and members participate in various committees, groups and communities of practice throughout the year. The Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with the HTAi Conference. In 2013 the Institute of Health Economics (IHE, Canada) was selected to serve as the INAHTA Secretariat
Health technology assessment (HTA) is the systematic evaluation of the properties and effects of a health technology, addressing the direct and intended effects of this technology, as well as its indirect and unintended consequences, and aimed mainly at informing decision making regarding health technologies. Note: HTA is conducted by interdisciplinary groups that use explicit analytical frameworks drawing on a variety of methods.
For more definitions, visit the international HTA Glossary produced by INAHTA and our partner organisations
Report on Handling Ethical Issues in HTA
The report was produced by the INAHTA Working Group on Ethical Issues. Click here to access the report.
In September 2014, G-I-N and McMaster University entered into a partnership to jointly evolve and publish a Guideline Development Checklist. The checklist is being produced for the benefit of guideline developers to ensure that no key steps are missed when developing a guideline. Its' use will support the development and implementation of trustworthy guidelines. For further information and to find the online and pdf versions of the checklist, as well as a glossary of terms and tutorials, please visit the website click here
The New York Academy of Medicine advances the health of people in cities.
An independent organisation since 1847, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Drawing on the expertise of our professional staff, diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; to eliminate health disparities; and to preserve and promote the heritage of medicine and public health.
For more information please visit the website by clicking here
The WMA provides a forum for its approximately 80 member associations to communicate freely, to co-operate actively, to achieve consensus on high standards of medical ethics and professional competence, and to promote the professional freedom of physicians worldwide.
WMA' Mission: The purpose of the WMA is to serve humanity by endeavoring to achieve the highest international standards in Medical Education, Medical Science, Medical Art and Medical Ethics, and Health Care for all people in the world.
DynaMed is an evidence-based, clinical decision support tool that provides healthcare providers with the most useful information at the point of care. Every day, DynaMed editors monitor over 500 medical journals and evidence sources, evaluate new articles for clinical relevance and scientific validity, and provide ongoing synthesis of the best current evidence. This process of Systematic Literature Surveillance, designed to provide the best available evidence to help answer clinical questions during practice, has also been found to be substantially helpful for guideline developers for evidence identification, critical appraisal, updating and dissemination.
The collaboration will provide up to 5 complimentary subscriptions (including internet access and mobile app) for each G-I-N member organisation. To take advantage of DynaMed’s complimentary subscriptions for your organisation please contact email@example.com.
G-I-N supports the All Trials campaign.