About Global Forum

4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices, 13 to 15 December, 2018
AMTZ-Kalam Convention Centre, Visakhapatnam, India

Introduction

The 4th  Global Forum will build upon the work that was accomplished at the 1st Global Forum in Bangkok in 2010, the 2nd in Geneva in 2013, and the 3rd also in Geneva in 2017. The most recent Global Forum was attended by approximately 600 participants from over 100 Member States. These events function as the main opportunity to disseminate and share information on medical devices for global health.

Health technologies are essential for a functioning health system. Recognizing this important role of health technologies, the World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA 60.29 and WHA 67.20. The resolution covers issues arising from the inappropriate deployment and use of health technologies, and the need to establish priorities in the selection, regulation, assessment and management of health technologies, specifically medical devices. By adopting this resolution, delegations from Member States acknowledged the importance of health technologies for achieving health-related development goals; urged expansion of expertise in the field of health technologies, in particular medical devices; and requested that the World Health Organization (WHO) take specific actions to support Member States.

The programme will include sessions on the following topics: best practices, challenges, new tools and innovation, regulation, assessment, and management (procurement, technical specifications, donations, maintenance and appropriate safe use) of medical devices. The list of priority medical devices by health care facility, disease or clinical interventions will be presented.

Objectives of the Forum

  1. To define methods of increasing and measuring access to essential and priority medical devices under Universal Health Coverage in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals
  2. To share country evidence of best practices in regulating, assessment and management of medical devices
  3. To demonstrate development and use of innovative appropriate affordable technologies to respond to global health priorities
  4. To share WHO tools and guidelines on medical devices for better implementation

The forum is aimed to define methods of increasing access to priority medical devices under Universal Health Coverage in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals; to share evidence of best practices in regulating, assessment and management of medical devices; to demonstrate development and use of innovative appropriate affordable technologies to respond to global health priorities; to share WHO tools and guidelines on medical devices for better implementation.

Special topics to be addressed: Nomenclature of medical devices, Essential in vitro diagnostic tests, Oxygen supply system.

India being a development and upcoming hub of medical devices is expecting an even larger segment of participants than 3rd forum. Approx 1200 international and national delegates are expected to participate in the upcoming forum.

For more information, please visit: http://www.who.int/medical_devices/en/