Mission statement

The fundamental purpose of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies is to support and promote evidence-based policy-making through:

  • the comprehensive and rigorous analysis of European health systems;
  • the production of timely and reliable evidence in response to real policy needs; and
  • the communication of evidence in ways that are useful to, and usable by, policy-makers.

By delivering on this mission, the Observatory hopes to contribute to the wider goal of helping European health systems to improve the health and well-being of the people they serve, and to better fulfil health system policy goals of solidarity, equity, efficiency, quality and responsiveness.

The work of the Observatory is underpinned by the following important principles.

  • Relevance: The Observatory is committed to producing evidence to support real policy needs. This includes an ongoing commitment to addressing gaps in the evidence base and to remaining responsive to emerging health policy issues.
  • Impartiality: The Observatory’s work is founded on principles of integrity and objectivity. It does not advocate particular policy positions but, rather, pledges to produce unbiased analyses of available evidence to support policy-makers in their work.
  • Quality: The Observatory is committed to the pursuit of excellence, with all research based on robust methodologies and adhering to the highest quality standards.
  • Flexibility: The Observatory embraces continual innovation with a view to sharing evidence in a timely and effective manner, so that the right evidence is available to the right people at the right time.
  • Public benefit: The Observatory carries out research for public benefit. It is committed to the public good and to the provision of evidence to all via open-access sources.