WHO Medical Devices Newsletter, November 2020

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

Dear colleagues, we wish you and your families are doing well, stay safe. Please find the following 3 sections: 1. New Interim guidance, publications, and training material; 2. Non- COVID Information; 3. Ongoing projects on medical devices, November-December 2020.

 

 

1. New Interim Guidance, Publications, and Training Material

1.1 On Medical Devices: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-2019-nCoV-MedDev-TS-O2T.V2 

  

 

1.2 On the Personal Protective Equipment https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-2019-nCoV-PPE_specifications-2020.1  

  

 

1.3 On In-Vitro Diagnostics

 

1.4. On the Role of Imaging Diagnostics (now available in 7 languages)

 

1.5. The Emergency Global Supply catalog (Updated 11 November 2020)

 

1.6 Training and learning (new courses on PPE and clinical management)

 

 

2. Non-COVID Information 

2.1 Launch of the Global Strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer 17 November 2020

 

Other publications soon to be launched on Radiotherapy, post-market surveillance.

 

 

3. Ongoing Projects November-December 2020

Innovation submissions and country updates surveys close 30 November, for reporting 2020.

Thank you to many of you that applied! WHO has hired or finalizing the process for 20 consultants for the following projects to be done November - December, please find information below.

You might be contacted or you can contact us for any of these projects:

Project Objective Information Email Contact
Nomenclature of Medical Devices Follow up the 145/3  

This Will be followed by discussion in the Executive Board 148/11 in January 2021 https://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB148/B148_1(draft)-en.pdf 

Member States consultation on 30 November 2030. More information will be available (to come).

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Innovative technologies for low resource setting Assess innovative technologies: specifications, regulations, HTA, in the intended settings

LAST CALL for Innovations to be included in the Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low Resource Settings.


Please submit your innovative technology before 30th November 2020 at WHO SURVEY.


The complete questionnaire is available in MS Word for your reference here.


You can volunteer, as well, to be a reviewer of the submitted technologies if you have experience working in low and middle-income settings.

If you are interested in being a reviewer, please contact us or complete this survey, and your expertise and conflict of interest will be considered.

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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 in 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


3. Related links:

Focal points of Global Atlas will be contacted in November to provide updated information.

4. 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 30 NOVEMBER 2020.

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Facility surveys To assess the availability of health products, WHO has developed several tools, which 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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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. 
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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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 

https://techaccesspartnership.net/ 

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 MEDEVIS  

Priority Medical Devices Information system

(to come)  

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Many thanks!

Stay safe.

Best regards

Let’s remember the importance of increasing access to affordable, appropriate, good quality medical devices, especially for those that need them the most!

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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