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WHO Medical Devices Newsletter, June 2021

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

Dear colleagues, hoping you are getting vaccinated, doing well, and staying safe.

We are 18 months into the Pandemia and still seeing difficult situations in countries where medical devices are not available to cope with the COVID-19 needs, and to the other non-communicable diseases and health conditions in countries, we need solidarity and to continue working together to ensure increase access to them.


WHO June News:  

Globally, as of 4:12 pm CEST, 25 June 2021, there have been 179,686,071 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 3,899,172 deaths, reported to WHO.

As of 24 June 2021, a total of 2,624,733,776 vaccine doses have been administered.




Find below the following information and please disseminate in your networks:

  1. WHO List of Priority medical devices for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes and MeDevIS e-platform 
  2. Nomenclature of medical devices
  3. Medical devices and other technologies for COVID-19


1. Launch of the WHO List of Priority medical devices for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and MeDevIS e-platform.

When: JUNE 30, 2021 14:00 (Geneva Time)

Topic: WHO Webinar priority medical devices for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes and e-platform MEDEVIS

Register in advance for this meetinghttps://who.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkcO2gpjIvHNHYEBLIlxfax4TgtDAc4nFj 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Meeting.

Please share this invitation with your colleagues.


2. Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly outcomes

The WHA74 took place virtually from 24 May to 1 June 2021, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. You will be able to listen to all the discussions here.

Topic WHA74.7 Standardization of medical device nomenclature discussions took place 29 and 31 of May. 

WHO will be conducting information sessions and consultation with various stakeholders as indicated in the timeline of events here below.

More information can be found here.


To support this work, WHO is looking for a full-time consultant:

Reference: MHP/MDD/Nomenclature medical devices/202106

Title: Individual Consultancy to support WHO  medical devices team  on the Standardization of medical devices nomenclature in response to EB148/13 and WHA74/7

Closing date and time for the expression of interest: 5/07/2021 9:00 CET ( Geneva time)

Description: The purpose of the assignment is to provide technical support towards WHO’s activities on consultations for medical devices nomenclature, specifically actions requested by Member States in the World Health Assembly session 74,  towards the report to the 150 Executive Board in February 2022 including supporting the implementation of consultations for the report.

Requisites: More than 7 years of expertise on medical devices, especially on nomenclature, coding, classifications of medical devices,  regulations or health technology management (procurement, inventories, CMMS) or health technology assessment and UDI. Biomedical/Clinical engineer or related disciplines. Postgraduate degree.  Excellent writing skills in English, analysis, planning, team work.  

Duration: 4 months, full time.

Interested candidates, please send your CV with an expression of interest with the subject: MHP/MDD/Nomenclature medical devices/202106. The Review of proposals and selection process initiates 5th of July.

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3. Medical Technologies for COVID-19

Oxygen continues to be the medicine most needed for COVID-19 and for other diseases and conditions, work by ACTA and many other organizations are ongoing.


https://stoppneumonia.org/latest/covid-19/ (from Every breath counts);


WHO, UNICEF, and other partners  are working to support the repair of PSA plants, and increase the availability of oxygen at the country level



The Global Fund has opened a COVID-19 Response Mechanism to support countries to procure: in vitro Diagnostics, Personal Protective Equipment, Treatment, and Oxygen Equipment


Medical devices industry, academia, innovators are invited to share knowledge, IP or data, join C-TAP:  The technology access pool, to increase access of technologies globally.
The Clinical management course is now live on OpenWHO: https://openwho.org/courses/clinical-management-COVID-19-mild-mod-severe 

More information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 


Many thanks, best regards & stay safe!


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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