Committees We Serve

MOH Drug Advisory Committee

The MOH Drug Advisory Committee (DAC) is responsible for providing evidence-based recommendations to MOH so that decisions for public funding of drugs are made in a fair, efficient and sustainable manner.

The DAC’s terms of reference:

  1. To prioritise drug applications for subsidy consideration which hold potential for driving significant improvement in health outcomes;
  2. To appraise the clinical- and cost-effectiveness of drugs and vaccines based on available therapeutic, clinical and pharmacoeconomic evidence;
  3. To provide listing recommendations to the Ministry of Health, including conditions and/or criteria for subsidy;
  4. To monitor the impact of ACE guidance on prescribers’ behaviours; and
  5. To identify drugs supported under Medication Assistance Fund (MAF) Plus that may be suitable for evaluation by ACE and inclusion under mainstream subsidy.

MOH Medical Technology Advisory Committee

The MOH Medical Technology Advisory Committee (MTAC) is responsible for providing evidence-based recommendation to MOH so that decisions for public funding of medical technologies are made in a fair, efficient and sustainable manner.

The MTAC's terms of reference:

  1. To identify and prioritise medical technologies with potential to address care gaps, deliver significant improvements in health outcomes and/or patients experience, ease of operator use, and/or improvements in the efficient use of resources for evaluation;
  2. To deliberate and serve as a lead discussant, if needed, on evidence including comparative safety, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, total cost of the medical technology and organisational feasibility;
  3. To recommend whether subsidy should be provided for a medical technology and, if so, the conditions and the criteria for subsidy;
  4. To monitor the impact of ACE guidance on prescribers’ behaviours; and
  5. To act as champions to drive adoption of MTAC-recommended medical technologies, in support of subsidy decisions based on principles of health technology assessment.

MOH National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

The MOH National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (NPT) is responsible for driving the appropriate use of drugs in public hospitals and institutions.

The NPT’s terms of reference:

  1. To advise the Ministry on the development of initiatives to promote the use of evidence-based, safe and cost-effective medicines in public hospitals and institutions (PHIs).
  2. To develop strategies to harmonise formulary drugs across PHIs where appropriate and to facilitate timely listing of subsidised drugs.
  3. To advocate appropriate use of medicines by:
    • promoting the use of generic alternatives (including biosimilars) of medicines, where available;
    • working collaboratively with stakeholders to influence appropriate use of medicines in the PHIs (including compliance with ACE Guidance, where available); and
    • facilitating the sharing of national drug utilisation data to provide PHIs with appropriate benchmark for reviewing each PHI’s practices.