Annual Report 2019

Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre

Who we are

The Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre (KCE) is an independent federal research centre that focuses on the organisation, financing and reimbursement of health care and on health technology assessment. It also develops guidelines for the clinicians.

The scientific studies it produces are usually asked by public authorities, universities and professional associations, but in fact all citizens, patients or patient organisations can submit a research proposal (see “Propose a topic”).

Each KCE study results in recommendations for competent authorities and health care stakeholders. However, KCE has no decision-making power and the policy choices arising from the reports it publishes are not within its remit. It may nevertheless be required to intervene in implementation phases when its technical skills are an of essential added value.

KCE is a type B parastatal organisation. This status guarantees total independence from the subsidiary powers, who essentially are the federal authorities (NIHDI for 75% and Federal Public Services Health and Social Security, together for 25%). In addition, some specific European subsidies cover KCE’s involvement in international research networks and projects. 

The acronym KCE is a contraction of the words :

Kenniscentrum (Dutch) and Centre d’Expertise (French)




Our values






Our mission: defend care that is 



Of high quality










What we do

The KCE activities encompass five areas of expertise:

  • Health Services Research (HSR): the organisation and financing of health care in the broadest sense
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA): the evaluation of medical technologies 
  • Evidence-based Practice (EBP): the production of clinical practice guidelines adapted to the new scientific developments and participation in the Belgian network of Evidence-Based Practice
  • KCE Trials programme: the coordination of the Belgian non-commercial clinical research programme
  • Methods: the creation of accurate and robust methodological manuals to establish validated working methods for all health care and public health researchers

In 2019, the KCE published 18 reports (see tab “Study programme of the KCE”) and the KCE Trials programme funded 18 clinical trials (see tab “KCE Trials programme”).

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors (hereinafter, the “Board”), consists of representatives of the public authorities and the most important actors in healthcare, health insurance and patient associations, in a balanced composition. At each Board meeting our new finalised reports are presented. The scientific content is in principle not subject to modification, except on the basis of quantifiable methodological arguments. The political recommendations, based upon the scientific work, are then discussed, sometimes nuanced,  but only on the basis of scientific arguments from the report. When voting turns out to be necessary, the reports are approved by a simple majority.  Finally, KCE is legally obliged to publish all of its results within one month of their approval by the Board, which is an additional guarantee for our independency and transparency.

                              More info on our website. 

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