Global Biomedical Engineering Education and Professional Database

Welcome to WHO's Global Biomedical Engineering Education and Professional Database. The project was conceived in order to advance and promote the role of biomedical engineering and related disciplines* in health care. The resulting database aims to provide a global repository of selected information regarding educational institutions, professional societies and country data in the field of biomedical engineering (BME).

The database is open to the public and all data is freely available without the need to create a login. However, if a user would like to enter data, an account must be created. The database works optimally with the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact

Please note that WHO relies on external professionals to enter information into the database, thus it is only as good and accurate as the data that is entered.


  1. To raise the visibility of BME and related sub-disciplines on the global health public policy stage
  2. To promote collaboration and facilitate the flow of information between BME related stakeholders
  3. To maximize the role of BME in achieving improved access to medical devices** globally and especially in low-income countries
  4. To serve as a resource for potential students and those interested in joining professional societies
  5. To provide annual information on the biomedical engineering profession for use in the World Health Statistics


  1. Click 'Search Database' on upper left hand menu
  2. Select your Search options


Educational Institution Surveys: The head of the biomedical engineering or relevant department
Professional Society Surveys: The secretariat of the society
Country Profile Surveys: The primary professional society of that country or the government body responsible for tracking labor statistics


  1. To create an account for the first time, click 'Register' on the upper right hand menu.
  2. Fill in the requested information (username and password).
  3. To login, click 'Login' on the upper right hand menu and enter your username and password.
  4. Once inside, you will be able to enter information into three different surveys: educational institution, professional society, and country career profile. All surveys you complete will be saved under 'My Surveys' found on the upper left hand menu.
  5. Surveys will be reviewed before being published.
Note: all information entered, including personal contact information, is visible to the general public


WHO does not guarantee the accuracy of the data contained within the Global Biomedical Engineering Education and Professional Database. The responsibility lies with the individual entering the information. Should any information be found to be incorrect or inaccurate, contact should be made directly to the contact person listed in the entry to make the appropriate changes.

*For the purposes of this database, WHO is taking the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering's definition of Medical and Biological Engineering to be synonymous with Biomedical Engineering: "a discipline that integrates physical, mathematical and life sciences with engineering principles for the study of biology, medicine and health systems and for the application of technology to improving health and quality of life. It creates knowledge from the molecular to organ systems levels, develops materials, devices, systems, information approaches, technology management, and methods for assessment and evaluation of technology, for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, for health care delivery and for patient care and rehabilitation." (IFMBE)

Biomedical engineers belong to Unit Group 2149 "Engineering Professionals Not Elsewhere Classified" under the International Standard Classification of Occupations produced by the International Labour Organization. From this classification: "It should be noted that, while they are appropriately classified in this unit group with other engineering professionals, biomedical engineers are considered to be an integral part of the health workforce alongside those occupations classified in Sub-major Group 22: Health Professionals, and others classified in a number of other unit groups in Major Group 2: Professionals." The full classification can be found at (accessed 17 October 2013)

** A medical device is an article, instrument, apparatus or machine that is used in the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of illness or disease, or for detecting, measuring, restoring, correcting or modifying the structure or function of the body for some health purpose. Typically, the purpose of a medical device is not achieved by pharmacological, immunological or metabolic means. (WHO, GHTF) The full definition is available at: