Plans for a Virtual CADTH Symposium Deferred

After careful consideration, we’ve decided to put our plans for a virtual edition of the 2020 CADTH Symposium on hold for now.

With the continued escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, CADTH — along with Canada’s health care professionals, health system administrators, policy-makers, researchers, patients, and industry — needs to focus its resources on addressing this crisis. We would like to thank everyone who contributed their time and energy to this year’s CADTH Symposium ­— ­the program advisory committee, the student working group, everyone who submitted an abstract or was on a panel, abstract reviewers, and travel award recipients. It’s because of your engagement and contributions that the CADTH Symposium has become one of the most anticipated events for the health technology assessment community in Canada and abroad.

Once the COVID-19 situation stabilizes, we’ll review this decision.

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Cancellation of the 2020 CADTH Symposium

After carefully considering the evolving situation with COVID-19, and keeping in mind the Public Health Agency of Canada’s advice on mass gatherings during the outbreak, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person conference, the CADTH Symposium, scheduled to be held in Toronto from April 18 to 21, 2020.

We are disappointed; the CADTH Symposium is an important annual event for the HTA community and we all benefit by gathering once a year to learn, share, and network. As an alternative to our in-person event, we’re exploring opportunities to present some of the great sessions we had planned for the 2020 CADTH Symposium via live stream and webinar.

We will share more information as it becomes available so please remain subscribed to the CADTH Events email system and keep an eye on our CADTH Symposium website.

What Does This Mean for You?

Registration Refunds

We will provide full refunds for all registrations and sponsorships. There is no need to contact the CADTH Events Team to initiate your reimbursement. Please note that reimbursements will be made through your original method of payment. We will process refunds as quickly as possible, but please be patient as they may take a few weeks to complete.

Travel and Hotel Cancellations

Travel and hotel arrangements made for the event are your responsibility to cancel. If you received a travel grant and you have already booked your travel arrangements, please contact us to discuss your options.

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