Compendium of new and emerging health technologies, 2011. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2011
(2011; 54 pages)


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, and for further development and technology dissemination.

The compendium 2011 is a first snapshot of several health technologies which might 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, and product concepts under way.

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

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