Third WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices
The 3rd WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices took place in the Geneva International Conference Center (Switzerland) between 10th and 12th May 2017, 10 years after the Member States recognized in resolution WHA60.29 and WHA67.20 that medical devices are indispensable for health care delivery, but that their selection, regulation and use present enormous challenges. The Forum allowed discussing the achievements that have been made in the field and the enormous challenges in low and middle income countries. This also served as an opportunity to share the WHO EMP strategy in the framework of Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Forum was attended by 571 participants (264 females and 307 males) from 71 countries. 55% of the participants came from: the government (17%), academia (18 %) and industry (20 %). The other 45% were from NGOs, UN/intergovernmental organizations, professional associations, funding/donor agencies, WHO Collaborating centers as well as independent health professionals and consultants. It included plenary panel sessions, oral parallel sessions, workshops, exhibition and poster sessions.
The Forum was the venue to launch 4 new important publications of the Medical Device Technical series.
It was a successful event that ended with the invitation to the 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices to be hosted by New Delhi, India.
Objectives of the Forum achieved
- To define methods of increasing access to priority medical devices under Universal Health Coverage in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals
- To share evidence of best practices in regulating, assessment and management of medical devices
- To demonstrate development and use of innovative appropriate affordable technologies to respond to global health priorities
- To share WHO tools and guidelines on medical devices for better implementation
- To present the outcomes of the implementation of the World Health Assembly resolutions on medical devices and the EMP strategy for 2030
Launching of four new books during the Forum
- Global Atlas of Medical Devices
- Human Resources for Medical Devices: the Role of Biomedical Engineers
- WHO Global Model Regulatory Framework for Medical Devices including in vitro diagnostics medical devices
- WHO List of Priority Medical Devices for Cancer Management
All books can be freely downloaded following the links above.