An Overview of Medical Device Policy and Regulation. World Bank, HNP Brief #8
(2007; 8 pages)


Medical devices include a wide range of instruments from a simple wooden tongue depressor to the most sophisticated implants or medical imaging systems. Like drugs and other inputs to patient care, medical devices play an essential role for modern health care – at the bedside, at the rural health clinic or in a large, specialized hospital.

The provision of medical devices is frequently an important component of Bank health projects. Good planning for medical devices results in good monetary investment and, more significantly, in appropriate distribution of devices over different levels to ensure quality of care and across the country to ensure equity of access by the population. Furthermore, durable medical devices require careful planning of recurrent operating budgets for sustainable operation...

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