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What is the Haute Autorité de Santé?


What is the Haute Autorité de Santé?Established in August 2004 by the French government, the Haute Autorité de Santé is an independent public body that was set up to ensure high standards of patient care and guarantee equality in the French healthcare system.


Even though it is regarded as the French National Authority for Health, it is not a government body and it has financial autonomy. However, the Haute Autorité de santé is ultimately accountable to the French government and has to provide them with reports on its various missions – which it is mandated by law to fulfil.

The HAS has close ties with French government healthcare agencies, research organisations, patients’ representatives, national health insurance funds and unions of healthcare professionals.

Perhaps surprisingly, the majority of the HAS’s 60 million Euro annual budget is made up from taxes on the promotional spending by drug companies.

HAS is built on three founding principles: a very broad field of action, a high degree of scientific rigour and independence.

HAS facts and figures:

  • Over 400 permanent staff, including GPs, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists and health economists

  • Collaborates with some 3,000 hospital and non-hospital professionals

  • 35 regional facilitators who help implement the continuing professional development initiatives

  • 775 surveyors who undertake accreditation visits to both private and public healthcare organisations

Every hospital in France has their annual results and statistics published every year on the HAS website, where they are viewable by the public.

The HAS ensures that the standard of French healthcare remains among the very best in the world and is just another reason why undergoing a surgical procedure in France is a fantastic option nowadays.