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 requested by public authorities, universities and professional associations, but in fact all citizens, patients or patient organisations can submit a research proposal.
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.
KCE is subsidised by 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 KCE’s status as a type B parastatal organisation guarantees its total independence from these subsidiary authorities.
The acronym KCE is a contraction of the words
and Centre d’Expertise (French)
What we do?
The KCE activities encompass six 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
- “Right to be Forgotten” Programme: ongoing evaluation of the list of conditions giving rise to a “right to be forgotten” under the Insurance Act of 4 April 2019.
- Methods: the creation of methodological manuals to establish validated working methods for health care and public health researchers, primarily focused on KCE research, but often more broadly applicable to research in the domains described above.
Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors brings together representatives of the public authorities and the most important actors in healthcare, health insurance and patient associations, in a balanced distribution. It ensures our neutrality and guarantees our independence. At each Board meeting our new finalised reports are presented. The scientific content is in principle not subject to modification, unless objective methodological arguments are put forward. The reports are approved by a simple majority of the votes. 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.