Medical devices

Priority medical devices

WHO List of priority medical devices

Core Technologies

Core medical equipment refers to technologies that are commonly considered as important or necessary for specific preventive, diagnostic, treatment or rehabilitation procedures carried out in most health care facilities. WHO has been working, along with experts, collaborating centres and Member States, to develop several tools for better resource allocation, selection, incorporation and safe use.

Priority medical devices project

priority medical device

The priority medical device project assessed the availability and current use of medical devices, and identified gaps in the research agenda for medical devices.

Nomenclature of medical devices

The nomenclature of medical devices is a coding system used to generically classify and identify all medical devices and related health products. Having a nomenclature system in place for medical devices facilitates their management and regulation by standardizing terms that enable communication despite linguistic and other barriers. Such standardization is currently used in some regulatory systems but is also a prerequisite for inventory management and databases for maintenance of equipment.

Core technologies

Core Technologies

Core medical equipment refers to technologies that are commonly considered as important or necessary for specific preventive, diagnostic, treatment or rehabilitation procedures carried out in most health care facilities. WHO has been working, along with experts, collaborating centres and Member States, to develop several tools for better resource allocation, selection, incorporation and safe use.

Key initiatives

Medical devices are required for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of diseases. Medical devices range from simple to sophisticated and there more than 10 000 types of medical devices available making proper selection appropriate to the needs of the population, the available infrastructure and clinical procedures very complicated. The sections contained herein are meant to assist countries in understanding what technologies are available, under development and suitable for their particular context.

For noncommunicable diseases