WHO and partners have been working towards devising an agenda, an action plan, tools and guidelines to increase access to appropriate medical devices. This document is part of a series of reference documents being developed for use at the country level. The series will include the following subject areas:
. policy framework for health technology
. medical device regulations
. health technology assessment
. health technology management
. needs assessment of medical devices
. medical device procurement
. medical equipment donations
. medical equipment inventory management
. medical equipment maintenance
. computerized maintenance management systems
. medical device data
. medical device nomenclature
. medical devices by health-care setting
. medical devices by clinical procedures
. medical device innovation, research and development.
These documents are intended for use by biomedical engineers, health managers,
donors, nongovernmental organizations and academic institutions involved in health
technology at the district, national, regional or global levels.
Poor practices in the arena of procurement lead to substandard provision or performance of health technology.
This document summarizes currently available resources on how to achieve good practice in procurement. The focus
is on medical devices; however, the principles and processes outlined can also be applied to the procurement of
infrastructure facilities and other supplies.