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WHO Medical Devices Newsletter, June 2020

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


Dear colleagues,

Please find below information related to COVID-19 technical documents, for your consideration.

Please note the COVID website has changed (many documents are being developed), so the new links are available here.


1. Clinical Management of Patients (updated version)

Access the document here.


2. Priority Medical Devices for COVID Management

WHO has developed several tools which can be found here.

The List of Priority Medical Devices for COVID describes critical medical devices, their purpose, and the settings where each can be used. You can find the list here.


3. Emergency Supply Catalogue

Access the document here


4. COVID-19 Essential Supplies Forecasting Tool 

Access the document here


5. Medical Equipment to Treat COVID Patients, Including Oxygen Delivery Systems

(New) The WHO technical specifications for PSA Oxygen Plants publicly available here.

(New)The imaging diagnostics roles are available here.


6. For Personal Protective Equipment

(New) Use of masks in the community during homecare and in healthcare settings in the context of the novel coronavirus (2019 ncov) outbreak guide is available here.

Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19): this document summarizes WHO’s recommendations for the rational use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in health care and home care settings, as well as during the handling of cargo; it also assesses the current disruption of the global supply chain and considerations for decision making during severe shortages of PPE. This updated version includes a section on considerations for decision-making processes and a summary of temporary measures in the context of severe PPE shortage. Access the publication here.

Access the WHO table of PPE with standards here.


7. For In Vitro Diagnostics

Laboratory testing guidance available here.

Advice on the use of point of care immunodiagnostic tests for COVID-19 available here.

WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) for in vitro diagnostics: Currently, the following IVDs are eligible for EUL submission:

  • Assays for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid
  • Rapid diagnostic tests for the detection of IgM/IgG to SARS-CoV-2 ·

All information can be found here.

The EUL procedure is developed to expedite the availability of IVDs needed in public health emergency situations. It is intended to assist interested procurement agencies and the Member States on the suitability for use of a specific IVD, based on a minimum set of available quality, safety, and performance data. More information can be found here.


8. For SARI Treatment Centers

Access the publication here.


9. For Manufacturers

WHO is conducting a high-level market and risk assessment for respiratory equipment. Please participate by answering the survey here.


10. On Innovation

If you have an innovative product (approved for emergency use, or commercially available), that might help COVID, please complete the WHO SURVEY here so that your product could be assessed for COVID-19 compendia.

Please send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Related past compendia of innovative technologies can be found here

Other sites of interest for innovation, some will provide grants for development or :


11. Very Important Country Data Surveys

Biomedical Equipment Inventory Tool for COVID-19.

In the context of COVID-19, availability of essential equipment to provide oxygen and respiratory therapy to all countries, especially those that may have limitations in accessing global markets, is of utmost importance.

WHO has developed a COVID-19 Biomedical Equipment Inventory Tool (survey) whose aim is to collect facility data on the availability of biomedical equipment (oxygen, accessories, and consumables) and ventilators at the country level. This data can serve to inform planning and readiness, at facilities and in-country, as well as to inform WHO’s global COVID-19 Supply Chain System of existing capacity so that appropriate equipment gets sent to where it can be absorbed, and in an equitable manner.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for support in implementing the survey, including leveraging existing survey initiatives, as well as if you are willing to participate. The COVID-19 Biomedical Equipment Inventory Tool can be found here below. Of note, WHO is in full support of initiatives already underway to this effect and encourages data sharing to HQ to ensure appropriate allocation.

The survey can be accessed through a web browser by clicking this link.


Update of the Global Atlas Country Data

Access the update here.

Update of the Global Atlas: The last version of the Global Atlas for Medical Devices was published in 2017, and the update of information for the next printed version is planned for 2020. We kindly request your help to bring-up-to-date the figures for each country. Each request for edition needs to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


12. Severe Acute Respiratory Infections Treatment Centre

Practical manual to set up and manage SARI treatment center and a SARI screening. Access the publication here.


13. Global Accelerator to Increase Access to Diagnostics, Vaccines, and Treatment

Access the publication here.


The information presented above has been developed by various departments in WHO and integrated for your information in this newsletter. In case you want to join this list, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the words: SUBSCRIBE WHOMEDICALDEVICES in the body of the message.

You can access all past newsletters here.

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Adriana Velazquez Berumen, MSc. | Biomedical Engineer | Group 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, Geneva, Switzerland

























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