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Ina Kopp, Prof. Dr. med.

GIN Chair 2014/2015 and 2015/2016; GIN Vice-Chair 2013/2014; Chair of GIN Finances and Risks Committee 2013/2014; Member of the GIN Board of Trustees since 2012/2013; Chair of the Scientific Committee for GIN 2012. Authorised representative of the Association of Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften (AWMF), a G-I-N founder member.


Ina Kopp is Director of the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies´ Institute for Medical Knowledge-Management (AWMF-IMWi) at Philipps-University, Marburg. AWMF-IMWi coordinates and supports guideline development of the 182 societies organised under the umbrella of AWMF and is responsible for quality assurance of the National AWMF-Guideline Register which currently contains ca. 750 guidelines. To empower guideline authors of AWMF-Member Societies in their effort to adhere to international methodological standards, AWMF-IMWi established a training programme for guideline developers and AWMF-certified guideline advisors, backed by a Guidance document which is also integrated into the GIN McMaster Guideline Development Checklist. Additional manuals were developed in cooperation with the German Cochrane Centre. Dr. Kopp is vice chair of AWMF´s Standing Commission for Clinical Practice Guidelines, represents AWMF in the steering groups of the National Programme for Disease Management Guidelines and in the Programme for Guidelines in Oncology in Germany and is involved in several national and international quality initiatives like the National Cancer Plan and the National Quality assurance Scheme, the SCIANA Health Leaders Network and European/international guideline projects. She trained in general surgery and internal medicine, received her MD and her professorship from the University of Marburg, worked in the field of health care services research, guideline methodology and quality improvement and contributed to more than150 peer-reviewed publications in these areas.


Vision for GIN

GIN's mission is to lead, to strengthen and to support collaboration in the guideline development, adaptation and implementation community. Having had the chance to be part of GIN since 2002, I have continuously experienced significant benefit from GIN´s activities, i.e. the vast amount of expertise in the network, access to the world´s largest Guideline library and information around guideline methodology, conferences as networking events and the opportunity to actively engage in the collaborative development of methodological concepts. GIN continuously grew to a large international organisation with a stable background.

My vision for GIN from 2015 - 2018 was to establish GIN as the connector in the international guideline community- and beyond, i.e. in the wider knowledge management community. In this context, GIN achieved some success: the partnership with Cochrane and the GINATHA Working Group are examples reg. collaboration in the systematic process of identifying, capturing, and synthesizing evidence. However, there is room for improvement reg. collaboration in the systematic process of knowledge transfer. In this context, I strongly believe that GIN needs a Digital Agenda to ensure that knowledge derived from high quality guidelines will reach the individual health care provider and patient/citizen at the point of care/consultation.

In the future, I would like to see GIN as the connector in the wider knowledge management community and as a key influencer to shape the future of Digital Health. Strategically, my priorities for the next 3 years are to:

  • foster and support collaboration among all relevant stakeholders within Regional Communities, Working Groups and Partners
  • evolve strategic partnerships and collaborations with organisations engaging in knowledge management and digital health
  • reach out and support engagement with underrepresented regions
  • ensure common understanding and reducing the potential for duplication of effort

To further consolidate our network, increasing membership - also by reach out to underrepresented regions and support of disadvantaged regions - and fund raising from not-for-profit-resources will be important issues.


Page last updated: Nov 17, 2020
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