Third WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices. International Conference Centre Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 10–12 May 2017. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2017
(2018; 228 pages)


Member States recognized in World Health Assembly (WHA) resolutions WHA60.29 (2007) and WHA67.20 (2014) that medical devices are indispensable for health-care delivery but that their selection, regulation and use present enormous challenges. Some 10 years on from the former resolution, the Third WHO Global Forum planned to review the achievements made in the field and the enormous challenges still faced by low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The Forum also served as an opportunity to share the WHO Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP) strategy within the framework of universal health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved in 2015.

The programme of the Third WHO Global Forum included presentations on best practices, challenges and new tools for innovation, regulation, assessment and management (procurement, technical specifications, donations, maintenance and appropriate safe use) of medical devices, as well as catalogues of medical devices by health-care facility, disease and clinical intervention.

Forum objectives

Taking into consideration the needs and challenges in the medical devices sector worldwide and WHO strategic objectives, resolutions and recent publications, WHO proposed the topics and the following objectives:

1. To define methods of increasing access to priority medical devices under UHC in compliance with the SDGs.

2. To share evidence of best practices in regulation, assessment and management of medical devices.

3. To demonstrate the development and use of innovative, appropriate and affordable technologies that respond to global health priorities.

4. To share WHO tools and guidelines on medical devices for better implementation.

5. To present the outcomes of the implementation of WHA resolutions on medical devices and the EMP strategy for 2030.

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