What is the theme of the 2020 CADTH Symposium?

The theme of the 2020 CADTH Symposium is Decision-Making in an Age of Uncertainty. Uncertainty is a fact of life for every decision-maker in the health care system — whether a patient, health care provider, policy-maker, administrator, industry representative, or payer. Rarely are all the facts available when a new drug, medical device, diagnostic tool, or surgical intervention is introduced. It sometimes seems that the situation is getting worse as more and more innovative products, curative therapies, and disruptive technologies enter the market. Added to this is the uncertainty that often accompanies health system reform, political and structural changes, and changing expectations on the part of patients, clinicians, and other stakeholders.

Facing a perfect storm of change, it is easy to be gripped by the notion that we are living through an age of uncertainty in health care. Do decision-makers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions? Will new methods make it possible to assess innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence and digital technologies? Is health technology assessment able to provide the support and tools decision-makers need in an age of uncertainty? These are the issues that will be addressed at the 2020 CADTH Symposium.

Where will I find the most up-to-date Symposium information?

The 2020 CADTH Symposium website is your best source for up-to-date information about the Symposium. You can also sign up to receive updates about the Symposium and other CADTH events at


When will registration open for the 2020 CADTH Symposium?

Symposium registration will open in January 2020. An announcement will be sent to everyone on the Symposium contact list at that time.

What is the registration fee?

The registration fee varies by type of registration, with significantly lower fees available to students and representatives of patient groups. You’ll find the complete list of registration fees here:

Is there a registration deadline?

You can register online at until April 8, 2020. Limited on-site registration is available. A 20% premium is charged for on-site registration.

I am having an issue with the Symposium registration form. Who can I contact for assistance?

Our online registration system works well for most participants, but some people have difficulty with the registration process, usually because of a firewall or other technical issue. If you encounter a problem, please contact us by email at with a short description of the issue, together with your name and contact information. You’ll hear from a member of CADTH’s Symposium team within 24 hours.

I will be presenting at the 2020 CADTH Symposium. Do I need to register? Do I receive a discount as a presenter?

We require everyone who is attending the Symposium to register. We need this information to minimize confusion and ensure that the event runs smoothly. We do not offer a presenter discount, but we have not increased registration fees in six years.


I submitted an abstract for presentation at the Symposium. When will I receive notification of the status of my presentation proposal?

Notifications of abstract acceptance will be sent out by January 31, 2020.