(2010; 147 pages)
In 2007 the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Government of the Netherlands, launched the Priority Medical Devices project to determine whether medical devices currently on the market were meeting the needs of health care providers and end-users throughout the world and if not, to propose research to identify—and action to remedy—inadequacies or shortcomings. The aim of the project is to bring medical devices to the attention of policy makers and to help guide both industry and government public health spending.
The main objective of the Priority Medical Devices project is to identify gaps in the availability of preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and assistive medical devices on the market. Mapping of gaps in the medical devices supply constitutes a priority for governments and key stakeholders because of the associated disease or disability. In addition, the project assessed potential barriers to innovation as well as generated a research agenda and action plan.