Bodies and committees
The Foundation Council represents the sponsoring organizations:
The twelve members are divided equally between representatives of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV-Spitzenverband) and the service providers, in other words, the doctors and hospitals. They are represented by the Federal Association for Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), the German Federal Association of Sick Fund Dentists (KZBV) and the German Hospital Federation (DKG). The Foundation Council's responsibilities include approving the Institute's budget and appointing the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors - the supreme body of the Foundation:
It is responsible for the day-to-day running and supervision of IQWiG. This includes safeguarding the scientific and professional independence of the Institute. Four out of the five Board members are appointed by the Foundation Council for a period of four years. The fifth member is appointed by the Federal Ministry of Health.
The Finance Committee:
The Finance Committee consists of three representatives of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV-Spitzenverband) and one representative each of the Federal Association for Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), the German Federal Association of Sick Fund Dentists (KZBV), and the German Hospital Federation (DKG). The Committee advises the Foundation Council, the Foundation's Board of Directors and the Institute Management in financial affairs and reviews the budget and the annual financial statement.
Board of Trustees:
The Board of Trustees may submit comments on the scientific recommendations of IQWiG. It consists of 30 members, including five representatives of patients' organizations and one patient representative commissioned by the Federal government. The remaining members represent leading organizations of service providers, social partners, as well as the self-administration bodies of the Federal Joint Committee.
Scientific advisory board:
It is appointed by the Board of Directors and consists of national and international researchers who advise the Institute Management on fundamental issues.