Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety, Risk Management and Health Care Technology
Director / Head:
Ms. Ronnie Solomon
Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI)
5200 Butler Pike
(1-610) 825 6000
(1-610) 834 1275
Date of Designation:
Date of Discontinuation:
Terms of Reference:
- To serve as a center of excellence for WHO to support research & the implementation of research findings in patient safety, health care technoloy & risk management.
- To establish and coordinate the medical device safety program, consisting of the establishment of a centralized database reporting a system for medical device adverse events & near misses from countries, the analysis of such reports, the issuance of recommendations & safe practices for preventing such problems, & the promotion of the program to countries.
- In order to enhance information exchange on medical device safety, procurement & management, to develop, maintain, & promulgate in various languages a universal medical device nomenclature system (UMDNS) and grant WHO rights to use such system.
- To provide training programs in technology assessment; planning, procurement, & management of medical equipment; & in related application of information & software.
- To support ongoing global harmonization & patient safety work by providing on-site technical assistance & consultation support in its areas of expertise to ministries of health, national regulatory authorities, nongovernmental organizations, & health care & academic institutions.
- To further develop, expand & maintain its library & information resources & continue to serve as the WHO Healthcare Technology Archives, & to facilitate public access to these resources.
- To identify & disseminate health care standards & guidelines, & facilitate worldwide accessibility to them by serving as the WHO Healthcare Standards & Guidelines Archives.
- To serve as an information clearinghouse, provide advisory services & technical support on patient safety, risk management & health care technology for various levels.
- Patient safety
- Health Technology (including laboratory services; but excluding blood safety)
- Health systems research & development
Types of activity:
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
- Development and application of appropriate technology
- Training and education
Ower: 11.1 - Formulation and monitoring of comprehensive national policies on access, quality and use of essential medical products and technologies advocated and supported.
Ower: 11.2 - International norms, standards and guidelines for the quality, safety, efficacy and cost effective use of medical products and technologies developed and their national and/or regional implementation advocated and supported.
Ower: 11.3 - Evidence based policy guidance on promoting scientifically sound and cost-effective use of medical products and technologies by health workers and consumers developed and supported within the Secretariat and regional and national programmes.
VELAZQUEZ BERUMEN Adriana
+41 22 791 1239
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork