The Health Information and Quality Authority undertook this health technology Assessment (HTA) in response to a request from the National Cancer Screening Service Board. The HTA was completed and submitted as advice to the Minister of Health and the National Cancer Screening Service Board
This HTA led to a subsequent request from the then Minister for Health and Children to evaluate the resources assigned to the current population-based national cancer screening programmes to identify efficiencies that may be achieved within the present models and to evaluate colonoscopy services, and associated resources, within the HSE in order to support the provision of a national colorectal cancer screening programme in Ireland. This evaluation can be found here.
In January 2010, following due consideration of the evidence from both HTAs, a decision was made to introduce a national population-based colorectal cancer screening programme from 2012.