A number of countries have established an institution that analyses the effects of new technologies on society, the environment and the economy and makes its conclusions available to politicians, governments and the general public.
EPTA (European Parliamentary Technology Assessment) is the association of European institutions that carry out Technology Assessment (TA). TA-SWISS is part of this network and also facilitates the exchange of experience and cooperation with a whole range of other international TA networks and organisations.
The common denominator among the institutions which make up EPTA is that all of them refer directly to the Parliament of their own country, although this cooperation takes very different forms. Some TA institutions are part of the parliamentary process, while others maintain a certain institutional distance from the Parliament. The EPTA Booklet provides an overview of how the different European TA institutions function.
An interactive comparison of the organisation and methods of technology assessment in different countries is available here.
The international projects that TA-SWISS is participating in can be found under the heading Projects.