Medical devices

Call for innovative technologies that address global health concerns


Terms, conditions and disclaimers

Selected technologies

Bearing in mind that the evaluation by the team of experts is solely based on the assessment of data and information submitted in the applicants' dossiers, inclusion in the Lists of Selected Innovative Technologies does not constitute a warranty of the fitness of any selected technology for a particular purpose. Besides, the responsibility for the quality, safety and efficacy of each selected technology remains with the manufacturer. The decision to list a particular technology is subject to change on the basis of new information that may become available to WHO. If there is evidence of serious safety and/or quality issues in relation to a listed technology, WHO may withdraw the technology concerned from the list until results of further investigations become available and are assessed by WHO.

WHO will not be held to endorse nor to recommend any listed technology. The Lists of Selected Innovative Technologies solely aim at drawing stakeholders’ attention to innovative medical devices, either existing or under development, with a view to fostering the development and availability of, and/or access to, innovative health technologies which are likely to be accessible, appropriate and affordable for use in low- and middle-income countries.

Inclusion in the Lists of Selected Innovative Technologies does not furthermore warrant or represent that:

  • the list is complete or error free; and/or that
  • the technologies which have been found to meet the selection criteria will continue to do so; and/or that
  • the use of the selected technologies listed is, or will be, in accordance with the national laws and regulations of any country, including but not limited to patent laws; and/or that
  • any medical device or product that may be developed from selected applications will be successfully commercialized in target countries or that WHO will finance or otherwise support the development or commercialization of any such medical device or product.

WHO disclaims any and all liability and responsibility whatsoever for any injury, death, loss, damage or other prejudice of any kind whatsoever that may arise as a result of, or in connection with the procurement, distribution and/or use of any listed technology or resulting medical device or product and any future development thereof.

Selected applicants shall not, in any statement of an advertising, commercial and/or promotional nature, refer to their participation in, or their selection under, the Call or their inclusion in the Lists of Selected Innovative Technologies. In no case shall selected applicants use the WHO name and/or the emblem, or any abbreviation thereof, in relation to their business or otherwise.

Submissions

WHO reserves the right not to select any application or to annul the solicitation process at any time, without thereby incurring any liability or any obligation to inform the applicants of the grounds for the WHO's action. WHO reserves the right, at any time during the solicitation process, to modify the scope of the call. At any step in the evaluation process, WHO reserves the right to issue an amendment to the call detailing the change to only those applicants who have not been officially eliminated at that point in time. Applications will be evaluated by WHO, in collaboration with partner experts and institutions, in its sole discretion, taking into account the criteria outlined above. There is no obligation by WHO to reveal, or discuss with any applicant, how a submission was assessed, or to provide any other information relative to the selection process.

Incomplete applications and applications submitted after the deadline will, in principle, be disregarded, unless WHO in its sole discretion, decides otherwise in respect of such incomplete or late application. WHO may request applicants to submit complementary or additional information as a condition for consideration. Any possible requests to submit complementary information and/or to submit a more detailed application, as well as any discussions ensuing there from, will be exploratory only, and do not mean that the applicant concerned will be selected.

WHO will not be held to offer applicants any explanation or justification as to why their proposal has been rejected and/or why they have not been selected. The list of selected applications will not necessarily be made public as such. The submission of applications, the subsequent selection process and outcome of the selection process will not be subject to any claim of any kind whatsoever, or appeal. Each applicant will be notified in writing by WHO (by e-mail) whether or not the submission has been selected.

Any and all costs and expenses incurred in relation to, or ensuing from, the submission of an application (including the possible complementary information and/or a more detailed proposal, if so requested by WHO) will not be subject to claims for financial compensation of any kind whatsoever.

WHO does not warrant that any medical devices, innovations, concepts or products that may be used, identified or otherwise developed from selected proposals will be successfully commercialized in target countries, or that WHO will finance or otherwise support the development or commercialization of any product. By selecting applications, WHO will not be held to endorse any product but will solely aim at drawing stakeholders' attention to innovative technologies, either existing or under development, with a view to furthering development and availability of, and access to, such innovative health technologies.

The mention of specific companies or of certain manufacturers’ products at any stage of the selection process or subsequently will not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by WHO in preference to others of a similar nature that are not mentioned, nor that they have been found to be safe and efficacious.

Without WHO’s prior written approval, selected applicants shall not, in any statement of an advertising or promotional nature, refer to their selection under this call for innovative technologies. In no case shall selected applicants use the name or the emblem of the World Health Organization, or any abbreviation thereof, in relation to their business or otherwise. The same applies to all applicants during the selection process and thereafter.

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