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WHO Medical Devices Newsletter, December 2021

Here's the latest info shared by WHO's Adriana Velázquez regarding Medical Devices and the World Health Organization (December 2021).


WHO COVID-19 DASHBOARD - December 10, 2021

Take care, stay safe!



Globally, as of 4:48 pm CEST, December 10, 2021, there have been 267,865,289 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,285,888 deaths, reported to WHO. As of December 9, 2021, a total of 8,158,815,265 vaccine doses have been administered. 


Contents of December 2021 Newsletter:

Section 1: 2021 Publications

Section 2: Training courses for COVID-19 related medical equipment

Section 3: Updates on nomenclature mapping



2021 WHO Publications for Medical Devices and In-Vitro Diagnostics :

With the last newsletter of 2021 let’s look back at a year of WHO publications.


1.1. 2021 WHO Medical Devices Publications



1.2 2021 WHO In-Vitro Diagnostics Publications



WHO Recent Events/Reports/Training 

2.1 Training for Medical Equipment!

WHO is developing training videos for technologies relevant to the COVID-19 response.

WHO is immensely grateful for the clinical and biomedical engineers, medical doctors, and respiratory therapists around the world that supported this project and filmed in their settings, including:

Botswana, Benin, Canada, China, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Uganda, USA, … (look at the credits! 😊) with the ongoing coordination of Bill Gentles and Tobey Clark.


Please visit the WHO Training for Medical Equipment Website to find training videos on medical equipment related to oxygen delivery and monitoring devices:

Oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, pulse oximeters, high flow nasal cannula, BPAP,  ICU ventilators, patient monitors.

These videos are part of a larger training tool that will be available in early 2022. But as the needs to have training are indispensable, in these difficult times, please find the first set here:

  • How to get medical equipment ready to use
  • How to perform corrective maintenance
  • How to perform preventative maintenance

Please save the date for the Webinar: WHO Training for Medical Equipment

When: 2 February 2022 2:00pm (CET)

More information will follow in the next newsletter!



Nomenclature of Medical Devices

Latest developments on medical devices nomenclature are available in the WHO website for Nomenclature.


3.1 Medical Devices Nomenclature Mapping

General information webinar, Monday 13 December, 13:00 to 14:30 hrs.(CEST). Session open to all stakeholders.


Webinar: Medical devices nomenclature mapping or Click here to join the meeting


3.1.2 Next Member States information session: 16 December 2021. Invitations have been sent to the WHO Member States Missions in Geneva.


3.1.3 Executive Board 2022: Discussion on nomenclature during the WHO Executive Board on 24-29 January 2022.


I hereby acknowledge the help of Daniela Rodriguez to draft this newsletter, create the events, upload the training courses and the publications! 


I also take the opportunity to send MILLION  THANKS to all the biomedical and clinical engineers, interdisciplinary colleagues, consultants, and volunteers that have supported the work of medical devices during these two challenging years.

You can find all past newsletters here;  WHO medical devices information here; WHO in vitro diagnostics here; WHO oxygen-related here.


Please Stay safe! Please take care! Please get vaccinated when possible! Wear your PPE!

Best wishes for a peaceful, joyful end of year season and for a better and healthier 2022!


I sincerely hope you can be with your families!

My husband and I are hoping to hug our children, after 24 months!!




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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