WHO Medical Devices Newsletter, December 2020

Here's the latest info shared by WHO's Adriana Velázquez regarding Medical Devices and the World Health Organization (December 2020 Edition).

Dear colleagues, 2020, an unprecedented year of public health relevance, is about to end.

The medical devices played a key role in protection, diagnosis, and treatment!

Thank you to all that ensured the quality of the products and make them accessible to all those that needed them, but still much more needs to be done, so we look forward to continue working together to ensure medical devices are available, affordable, of good quality and used appropriately and safely by everybody, everywhere, to increase the wellbeing of all. Hereby wishing you a healthier, safer, and happier 2021 for all. 

Please find the following 3 sections of this last newsletter of 2020:

1. Annual WHO communication; 2. Interim guidance, publications, and training material; 3. Ongoing projects on medical devices, November-December 2020 ;

 

1. Annual WHO Communication - December 2020 WHO News

1.1 WHO’S COVID-19 response: https://www.who.int/news-room/spotlight/a-year-without-precedent-who-s-covid-19-response/

 

 

 

1.2 COVID-19: One year later – WHO Director-General’s new year message: https://www.who.int/news/item/30-12-2020-covid-19-anniversary-and-looking-forward-to-2021

 

 

 

1.3 10 Global health issues to track in 2021: https://www.who.int/news-room/spotlight/10-global-health-issues-to-track-in-2021 

 

 

 

1.4 Science in 5: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/media-resources/science-in-5 

 

 

2. Interim Guidance, Publications, Consultations, and Training MMaterial for COVID-19

2.1 Interim guidance

1. On Medical devices:

2. On the Personal protective equipment:

3. On in-vitro diagnostics: 

4. On the role of imaging diagnostics:

5. The Emergency Global Supply catalogue. Updated 11 November 2020.

 

2.2 Training and learning. Check for new courses.

https://openwho.org/ 

"OpenWHO is WHO’s interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the Organization and its key partners to transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders.”

 

https://www.who.int/about/who-academy/ 

“With COVID-19 science now doubling every 20 days and new guidance being published daily by WHO, the WHO Academy continues to improve its COVID - 19 mobile learning app so that health workers can keep up with the constantly evolving knowledge related to this disease.”

 

2.3 Consultation

“OXYGEN Draft proposal for revision in The International Pharmacopoeia”

We invite you to review the following draft working document which will be posted on the WHO Medicines website under “Monographs and general texts under review/revision for inclusion in The International Pharmacopoeia”: https://www.who.int/teams/health-product-and-policy-standards/standards-and-specifications/pharmaceuticals/working-documents-public-consultation 

  • Please use the attached form to provide your comments
  • Contact: Herbert Schmidt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Deadline 26 February 2021

 

 

3. Ongoing Projects November-December 2020 and Vacancies

3.1 Consultants and experts are working on the following projects and plan to deliver publications or reports in the first quarter of 2021. The following table includes names, contacts and status of activities.

Project Objective Status of Activity Email Contact and Consultants
Nomenclature of medical devices Follow up the 145/3 https://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB145/B145_3-en.pdf

Annotated agenda for Executive Board 148/11 in January 2021 https://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB148/B148_1(annotated)-en.pdf 


All documents will be posted in : https://apps.who.int/gb/e/e_eb148.html 

Member States briefing in January 2021. More information will be available. (to come)

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Eunice Conceicao,
Terrie Reed.
Innovative technologies for low resource setting Assess innovative technologies: specifications, regulations, HTA, in the intended settings

Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low Resource Settings 2020.
Innovative technologies have been submitted at WHO SURVEY.


The complete questionnaire is available in word for your reference here
Thanks for volunteers to assess survey, and your expertise and conflict of interest will be considered.


The assessments will be finalized in January for publication in Q1, 2021.

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Gabriela Jimenez Moyao
Caroline Soyars
Cesar Burgi Vieira
Global Clinical Engineering Alliance
EUROSCAN
Kim Walker Consulting
Update of Global Atlas of medical devices,
Updated of country data
Support facility assessments of biomedical equipment including oxygen sources, (inventory survey listed above) support the provision of country information for any of the surveys mentioned section 2 above

1. Go to https://www.who.int/medical_devices/countries/en/ 


2. Search for your country in the word version:
Atlas Word document to update your country profile


Related links:
- WHO Global Atlas of medical devices , 2017
- Country profiles - Medical devices regulatory systems at country level
Global Health Observatory (GHO) interactive maps on medical devices
Global health observatory, data repository

ALL Focal points of Global Atlas, have been contacted in November – December to provide updated information.


Also, MOH can send requests or changes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  as needed before 6th January 2021.

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Heike Hufnagel
Valeria Montant
Ricardo Martinez
Facility surveys To assess the availability of health products, WHO has developed several tools, can be found

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-2019-nCov-biomedical-equipment-inventory-2020.1: 

https://o2therapy.surveycto.com/collect/who_covid_oxygen_therapy_scto_open?caseid= Username:biomedequipment Password: facilityoxygen20


https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-2019-nCoV-HCF_assessment-Products-2020.1 


https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-2019-nCoV-HCF_assessment-Safe_environment-2020.1 

  

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Valeria Montant
Barun Rauniyar
Training on safe use, maintenance, of medical devices Consolidate, assess and/ or develop training for best use and maintenance of medical devices   If you have publicly available training material willing to share, please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. where it is being reviewed, assessed, and can become publicly available to support safe and appropriate use of Priority medical devices in general and especially for COVID-19. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Bill Gentles and Tobey Clark
Prequalification model for medical devices and PPE Develop a draft PQ model for medical devices including PPE   Stefano Bergamasco; Sasikala Thangavelu; Alison Syrett; Mohid Khan; Riad Farah; Dragana Milic; Laurence Matheron; Ilaria Sirotich
Country consultants Assess innovations, support training material, facility assessment   Joshua Tim, Martha Mulerwa, Mulugeta Mideksa; Thierry Houngbo;
Medical devices page Organization of material for the updated website   Daniela Rodriguez
Donations of medical devices Consolidate information on donated equipment status, use of guidance documents, and how to improve donations

https://www.who.int/medical_devices/management_use/manage_donations/en/ 

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Dinsie Williams and
Humatem
Local production and technology transfer of medical equipment, personal protective equipment, IVDs and other medical devices Support C-TAP and Technology Access Partnership to increase access of essential and priority health products

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/global-research-on-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/covid-19-technology-access-pool  and https://techaccesspartnership.net/ 

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Einstein Kesi
Mohid Khan
Rainer Voelksen
Dragana Milic
MEDEVIS Priority Medical Devices Information system
( to come )
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Mario Forjas Secca
Francesco Ribolzi
Antonio Migliore
Laura Lopez Meneses
Fernando Prieto
Evidence Prime

 

3.2 WHO Vacancies:

Applications can be submitted on WHO’s career website, Stellis. The deadline for applications is Jan 15, 2021, 11:59:00 PM.

Technical Officer (Health Innovation) - (2004951)
Grade: P4; Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment; Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 2 years; Closing Date: Jan 15, 2021, 11:59:00 PM; Primary Location: Switzerland-Geneva;
Organization: HQ/DHI Digital Health and Innovation; Schedule: Full-time

 


Wishing you a peaceful, healthy, joyful 2021 for all, everywhere.

Sincerely,

Adriana Velazquez Berumen, MSc. | Biomedical Clinical Engineer | Team Lead Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostics, MDD | Health Product Policy and Standards Department, HPS | Access to Medicines and Health Products Division, MHP | World Health Organization, WHO | Geneva, Switzerland

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