Global Forum On Medical Devices Held In
Visakhapatnam @ AMTZ
standards on essential devices and ensuring their adherence is still some way
The theme of the 4th
World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Forum on Medical Devices (GFMD) was
“increasing access to medical devices”. Why should access to devices matter?
Because as of 2008, in the 60th World Health Assembly, a resolution was passed
recognising the importance of medical devices for healthcare delivery,
responding to emergencies and keeping populations safe.
The 4th Global Forum on
Medical Devices was dedicated to precisely this – the roadmap to develop
standards, regulatory framework and increase access. Organised in Vishakhapatnam,
at the Andhra Med Tech Zone (AMTZ), from December 13 to 15, it was attended by
100 countries and curated by the WHO’s Essential Medicines and Health Products
division, which leads this work globally.
Below are some
highlights from the forum.
Preparing to deliver essential diagnostics
Setting technical specifications
Medical device donation and ethics
Absence of adequate NGOs/Civil Society coalitions
Complete silence on knowledge transfer and