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WHO Medical Devices Newsletter, November 2021

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


WHO COVID-19 DASHBOARD - November 30, 2021

Take care, stay safe!

Compare with 2 and 3 months ago:

Globally, as of 5:48 pm CEST, 30 November 2021, there have been 261,435,768 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,207,634 deaths, reported to WHO. As of November 29, 2021, a total of 7,772,779,316 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 5:15 pm CEST, 30 September 2021, there have been 233,136,147 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4,771,408 deaths, reported to WHO. As of September 29, 2021, a total of 6,136,962,861 vaccine doses have been administered.

Globally, as of 5:33 pm CEST, 27 August 2021, there have been 214,468,601 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4,470,969 deaths, reported to WHO. As of August 25, 2021, a total of 4,953,887,442 vaccine doses have been administered.



Medical Technologies for COVID-19 and Other Health Priorities:


Presents the interim version of the oxygen monograph indicating 93% for PSA plants and 99.5% for liquid oxygen

To clarify that the WHO Member States, considering options for increasing the supply of  medicinal oxygen to treat COVID-19 and other patients, can safely apply oxygen generated by:

o Oxygen Generation Plants, which use Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA)  or  Vacuum Swing Adsorption (VSA) technologies to generate 90 to 96% pure oxygen, referred to in the draft revision as “Oxygen 93%”;


o Air Separation Units, which use cryogenic technology to generate 99.5% pure oxygen, referred to in the draft revision as “Oxygen 99.5%”.


World Pneumonia Day, 12 of November,  reminds the world on the urgent need to access Oxygen globally to treat Pneumonia, COVID-19, TB, among other priority diseases.  

The Every Breath Counts Coalition is the world’s first public-private partnership to support national governments to end pneumonia deaths by 2030.



1.2 Technology transfer needs to take place to ensure access to COVID-19 technologies globally

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

WHO and MPP announce the first transparent, global, non-exclusive licence for a COVID-19 technology

Interested manufacturers based anywhere in the world are invited to express their interest in obtaining a sublicence by submitting a single email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

with complete, detailed responses to the questionnaire provided here.



WHO Recent Events/Reports/Training

Special Session of World Health Assembly 29 November to 1st December (webcast available)

Consideration of the benefits of developing a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response with a view towards the establishment of an intergovernmental process to draft and negotiate such a convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response, taking into account the report of the Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies.


New WHO report maps barriers to insulin availability and suggests actions to promote universal access

100 years after its discovery, insulin is still out of reach for many living with diabetes


Training for emergencies OpenWHO



Medical Equipment Training coming soon! 



Nomenclature of Medical Devices

Following the request from the last World Health Assembly, a Member States information session on nomenclature of medical devices,  took place 23rd of September 2021The background documents including the calendar of consultations and the surveys submitted by all stakeholders are available here

Next steps: More consultations, mapping exercises, feasibility study. 

Important dates below:


Medical Devices Nomenclature mapping.

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

Microsoft Teams meeting

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Next Member States information session:  16 December 2021. Invitations will be sent to the WHO Member States Missions in Geneva.

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



Global Atlas of Medical Devices 2021, for consultation due 5th December

The latest edition of the Global Atlas of Medical Devices, was published 5th August 2017,



After many months of surveys, more than 1,000 email communications, and desk reviews,  WHO presents the Draft 2021 Global Atlas of medical devices for final consultation. WHO welcomes and is very thankful to all that collaborated in providing the information

This PDF document will be posted for consultation for 4 weeks,  until 24th September  4th October 2021. LAST CALL UNTIL 5TH December!!

Please note, this is a DRAFT PUBLICATION, still pending publication approval.  




The PDF file for consultation and a word file template can be used to send to WHO the comments or changes required, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 5th December. Please note that the edits can ONLY be submitted by governmental representatives of Ministry of Health, regulatory authorities or public institutions.


Thank you


Overview of Nomenclature Systems for Medical Devices in WHO Member States. 2021 Country Consultation and Desk Review

The objective of this work is to present and summarize the available information concerning the existence and use of nomenclatures for medical devices globally. Please review your country information and send the edits before the 5th of December,  last chance! Before publication.



Consultants/Contractors Needed

to support COVID-19 response and other priorities related to medical devices (including IVD and PPE)

WHO welcomes expression of interest to support WHO from  January 2022. Please send your motivation email and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 6th December.

For all candidates, more than 7 years of professional experience is required on the subject matter, postgraduate degree, English and other UN language is preferable (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian).

Proposed candidates can be consultants or consultancy companies.


Stay safe!

Take care

Your Health is your wealth!!

Best regards


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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