Hearing procedure

One important task of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) is to define the hearing procedure before a directive is amended. This is regulated in the G-BA rules of procedure. A hearing is always required by law when the interests of third parties are affected. Both written and oral hearings may be planned.

The hearing procedure provides an opportunity for experts in medical science and practice, umbrella organizations of physicians' associations, central organizations of self-help groups and patient representatives, as well as manufacturers of medical devices and technologies to contribute their expertise or their viewpoints as affected parties to the decision-making process. The results of the hearing procedure are evaluated by the subcommittee.