Medical devices

New and emerging technologies

The compendium of new and emerging technologies that address global health concerns has been created as a neutral platform for technologies which are likely to be suitable for use in low-resource settings. It is released to encourage the dialogue between ministries of health, procurement officers, donors, technology developers, manufacturers, clinicians, academics and the general public. In doing so, WHO aims at raising awareness of the pressing need for appropriate design solutions, at stimulating further development and technology dissemination.

The compendium is a first snapshot of several health technologies which have the potential to improve health outcomes or to offer a solution to an unmet medical need in low-resource settings. The compendium specifically focuses on innovative technologies that are not yet widely available in developing countries as well as products currently under development.

Technologies in the compendium are presented in a one page fact sheet summarizing the health problem addressed, the proposed solution and product specifications, based on data and information provided by the developers of the technologies concerned.

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Eligibility for inclusion in the compendium has been evaluated by EuroScan member agencies and WHO. However, the evaluation by EuroScan member agencies and WHO has been solely based on a limited assessment of data and information submitted in the developers' applications and, where available, of additional sources of evidence, such as literature search results or other publicly available information. There has been no rigorous review for safety, efficacy, quality, applicability, nor cost acceptability of any of the technologies. Therefore, inclusion in the compendium does not constitute a warranty of the fitness of any technology for a particular purpose. Besides, the responsibility for the quality, safety and efficacy of each technology remains with the developer and/or manufacturer. The decision to include a particular technology in the compendium is subject to change on the basis of new information that may subsequently become available to WHO.

WHO will not be held to endorse nor to recommend any technology included in the compendium. Inclusion in the compendium solely aims at drawing stakeholders’ attention to innovative health technologies, either existing or under development, with a view to fostering the development and availability of, and/or access to, new and emerging technologies which are likely to be accessible, appropriate and affordable for use in low- and middle-income countries.

WHO does not furthermore warrant or represent that:

  • the list of new and emerging health technologies is exhaustive or error free; and/or that
  • the technologies which are included in the compendium will be embodied in future editions of the compendium; and/or that
  • the use of the 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 product that may be developed from the listed technologies will be successfully commercialized in target countries or that WHO will finance or otherwise support the development or commercialization of any such 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 technology embodied in the compendium, or of any resulting product and any future development thereof.

Developers whose technology has been included in the compendium shall not, in any statement of an advertising, commercial and/or promotional nature, refer to their participation and/or inclusion in the compendium. In no case shall the latter use the WHO name and/or the emblem, or any abbreviation thereof, in relation to their business or otherwise.