The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health-care systems in Europe. It engages directly with policy-makers and experts, and works in partnership with research centres, governments and international organizations to analyse health systems and policy trends.
The Observatory is a partnership, hosted by WHO/Europe, which includes other international organizations (the European Commission, the World Bank); national and regional governments (Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Veneto Region of Italy); other health system organizations (the French National Union of Health Insurance Funds (UNCAM), the Health Foundation); and academia (the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)).
The Observatory is composed of a Steering Committee, a core management team and staff. Its Secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium. Its research hubs in London, United Kingdom, are hosted by the LSE Department of Health Policy and the LSHTM Centre for Global Chronic Conditions, and its research hub in Berlin, Germany, is hosted by the Department of Health Care Management of the Berlin University of Technology.