Building an International Horizon Scanning Initiative - OPEN MARKET CONSULTATION ANNOUNCEMENT

As coordinating partner in the Beneluxa Initiative on Pharmaceutical Policy, the Dutch Ministry of Health has launched an open market consultation in preparation of the joint public procurement of a Horizon Scanning System in close collaboration with Beneluxa partners and several other interested countries.

General – International Horizon Scanning Initiative (IHSI)

Horizon Scanning aims to highlight important pharmaceutical and medical technology innovations before they reach the market  by continuously gathering data and analyzing research and literature. 
This improves insight in expected costs and enables timely decision making and (joint) price negotiations.
The Beneluxa Initiative on Pharmaceutical Policy aims to seek successful ways of collaborating on pharmaceutical policy. One of its goals is to set up a systematic approach on horizon scanning for pharmaceutical products through IHSI. The IHSI is open to any interested country. Countries interested in participating in the IHSI can contact

Open Market Consultation for Horizon Scanning

The market consultation aims to inform companies and organisations that are active in this market regarding the upcoming public procurement procedure for the setting up of an international horizon scanning system (HSS) that will be initiated as a joint effort by the countries participating in the IHSI. The market consultation also aims to obtain market operators’ input on the viability of the procurement design and conditions, before launching the call for tender, provisionally planned in the first quarter of 2019. 
The market consultation is open to all interested parties, regardless of their geographical location, size or governance structure of their organisation and was published on October 20th 2018 on the EU’s Official Journal (TED). The market consultation ends on the 27th of November 2018, unless terminated earlier.

A meeting for interested parties will take place on the 12th of November 2018, in the Hague, the Netherlands. Interested parties can register for participation by sending an email to  before the 2nd of November 2018. Please make sure to include ‘IHSI market consultation’ in the subject of your e-mail.

The documents for the Open Market Consultation can be found here:;section=2

In case the information provided in this document and Annexes needs further clarification, market parties may  ask questions during the meeting in the Hague on November 12th or send questions to the following email address: at the latest on November 23th. Questions sent before this date will be answered within the consultation period that ends on November 27th

Last update: 02 November 2018