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WHO Medical Devices Newsletter, May 2021

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

Dear colleagues, hoping you are doing well, and please stay safe. We need to continue working together in steady steps to ensure PPE, oxygen and medical equipment, and in vitro diagnostics are available for all that need them! Find below the latest information and please disseminate it in your networks: 1) WHO Research Forum and publications, 2) World Health Assembly, and 3) Other consultations and webinars.


1. WHO Research and Development Forum

COVID-19 Global Research & Innovation Forum: Meeting Announcement  13 and 14th of May 2021. No registration is required. WHO will provide a live webcast of the Global Research and Innovation Forum. Please note that all meeting participants will be joining this meeting at the following links:

OTHER WHO new pages/publications: Priority medical devices list for the COVID-19 response and associated technical specifications (now available in 6 languages).

WHO just published this week its latest Oxygen Tools and Guidelines, including a recording of the May 4 WHO webinar here: https://www.who.int/initiatives/oxygen-access-scale-up 

WHO HOME CARE BUNDLE : https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/covid-19-home-care-bundle-for-health-care-workers 


Please visit THE NEW PAGE OF MEDICAL DEVICES new contents every week !!!



2. Seventy-Fourth World Health Assembly

The WHA74 will take place virtually from 24 May to 1 June 2021, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. You will be able follow the proceedings on the webcast below. Theme: Ending this pandemic, preventing the next: building together a healthier, safer and fairer world

DATES: 24 May – 1 June 2021

EB Document Format (who.int) provisional agenda


3. Other Events and Consultations:

WHO is looking for biomedical/clinical/hospital/electrical and mechanical engineers to be consultants in low and middle-income countries.

Requirements: more than 7 years of technical expertise in medical equipment, oxygen supply, or personal protective equipment. Knowledge of facility assessment, procurement, installation, maintenance. Living in a low or middle-income country. Please send CV to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

“The European Commission is currently holding a month-long online consultation on the English version of the European Medical Device Nomenclature (EMDN)The aim is to collect feedback from users and the wider healthcare community”, by 4 June 2021.

May 19-20 Oxygen webinars organized by IFMBE with the participation of WHO speakers and other agencies. Register 19 May here and 20 May here.

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

Medical devices industry, academia, innovators invited to share knowledge, IP or data, join C-TAP



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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