Fourth WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices, AMTZ-Kalam Convention Centre, Visakhapatnam, India, 13-15 December 2018. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2019
(2019; 188 pages)


Member States recognized in World Health Assembly (WHA) resolutions WHA60.29 (2007) and WHA 67.20 (2014) that medical devices are indispensable for health-care delivery but that their selection, regulation and use present enormous challenges, especially for low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

Marking eleven years since the former resolution, the Fourth WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices served as an opportunity to share WHO initiatives to support country needs on the road to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Forum also served as an occasion to listen to regional and country activities on medical devices issues. The Forum presented the WHO resources available to Member States in the realm of medical devices nomenclature, innovation, selection and prioritization.

The programme of the Fourth WHO Global Forum included presentations on best practices, challenges and new tools for innovation, regulation, assessment and management of medical devices (including procurement, technical specifications, donations, maintenance and appropriate safe use), as well as lists of priority medical devices for emergencies and cancer diseases, and the work in progress on such lists for primary health care and cardiovascular diseases.

Forum objectives

1. To define methods of increasing and measuring access to essential and priority medical devices under Universal Health Coverage in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals;

2. To share country evidence of best practices in regulating, assessment and management of medical devices;

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

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

This Forum remains the only global forum to discuss all aspects of medical technologies, from policies to innovation, regulations, selection, use and management, and it has drawn the attention of many stakeholders.

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