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IFMBE Statement on Nomenclature for the World Health Assembly

Maurice Page delivered a statement regarding the Standardization of medical devices nomenclature at the recent World Health Assembly on behalf of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).


Dear Chairperson, Director General, Distinguished Delegates, ladies, and gentlemen,

IFMBE welcomes all the consultations that WHO has done to include the perspectives of the biomedical and clinical engineers who regulate, design, assess, and manage medical equipment for its safe and effective use in the health care systems

The multiple and not interoperable nomenclatures in existence hinder communication about medical devices and the effort of WHO to integrate in a one system is commendable. 

IFMBE and its Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Assessment Divisions (CED, HTAD)2, 3 support the request made by several countries during the preliminary consultations to "having a single international nomenclature".

IFMBE will continue contributing with WHO as needed, to support mapping, pilots or use cases currently underway and offers continued assistance towards a single, open, and interoperable official medical devices nomenclature, available to all and in particular to our colleagues in the countries that do not yet have one, to support assessment, procurement, inventories, maintenance, and safe use.

Thank you for your kind attention.

2. IFMBE CED: https://ced.ifmbe.org/
3. IFMBE HTAD: https://htad.ifmbe.org/


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