Institute Management

Director of the Institute
Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Windeler

Deputy Director of the Institute
PD Dr. med. Stefan Lange 

Responsibilities of the Institute Management

The Institute Management is responsible for the implementation of all duties and responsibilities of the Institute. This entails observation of the priorities set by the Federal Joint Committee, keeping within the budget approved by the Foundation Council and following the policies decided by the Board of Directors concerning organizational structure and use of resources.

It reports regularly to the Board of Directors on the Institute's operations and results and is responsible for the recruitment of staff.


The Information Management Unit supports all departments and IQWiG's external experts in the search for published and unpublished studies and other scientific literature This search includes the screening of medical bibliographic databases and clinical trial registries. For this purpose, staff members develop suitable search strategies. They are also responsible for the provision of the relevant literature and citation management. In addition, they further develop search methods in their own research projects.

The International Affairs Unit takes care of the Institute’s interests in an international context. Besides coordinating and maintaining international contacts, this also includes representing the Institute in international committees. Moreover, the Unit collaborates actively in international projects of evidence-based medicine. For instance, it is engaged in the EUnetHTA network promoted by the European Union.

The Communications Unit is the central contact for users of the IQWiG websites and media representatives. It is responsible for the Institute’s public relations work. Staff members provide information on scientific findings on the websites and They are also in charge of organizing the Institute’s events, e.g. the Autumn Symposium. Moreover, the staff members assist the departments with the composition of scientific texts in English (medical writing) and translate extracts of the IQWiG reports and the website texts on into English.

The Quality Assurance Unit has a cross-departmental function and is responsible for the concluding scientific, formal and technical quality assurance of the Institute's products. Its staff members also work on the further development of methods for quality assurance.

The Legal Unit is responsible for the legal affairs of the Institute and advises the Institute Management, the departments and the other units on all legal issues. The Legal Unit also acts as the Institute's tendering office and is responsible for the preparation and conduct of national and European award procedures. In addition, the Legal Unit represents the Institute's legal interests. Its main responsibilities are contract and procurement law, copyright law, employment law, foundation law, as well as internet and media law.

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