Procurement of in vitro diagnostics
The WHO procurement service for in vitro diagnostics was established in 1990 to facilitate Member States' access to high quality HIV test kits at a reasonable cost. Over the years, the service has expanded to include diagnostics for HIV/AIDS, malaria, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, as well as basic laboratory consumables and equipment.
About the WHO procurement service
The Prequalification team - Diagnostics works together with the Contracting and Procurement Services team to ensure the availability of quality diagnostics at reduced costs. In 2007, the service achieved:
- procurement of test kits for 45 Member States, the majority in low-income economies
- expansion of the market for HIV and malaria rapid tests
- procurement of 13 million test kits for priority diseases
- substantial savings for member states
WebBuy, an electronic procurement system is available on the WHO intranet for easy, streamlined purchasing. Access to WebBuy is available for staff at WHO headquarters and regional and country offices.
Information for manufacturers
WHO procurement focuses on in vitro diagnostics for priority diseases such as HIV, malaria, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. In order for a diagnostic test kit to become eligible to tender for WHO procurement, it must first successfully pass through prequalification and meet specific procurement criteria. Tenders, by invitation only, occur on an annual basis.
For procurement questions
Contact: Contracting and Procurement Services (WHO/CPS) email:email@example.com
Procurement guidance for countries
Guidance for procurement of in vitro diagnostics and related laboratory (draft for public comment no later than 28 Feb 2017)
Template for comments on revised WHO guidance on procurement of in vitro diagnostics
- Selecting and purchasing HIV, HBsAg and HCV in vitro diagnostics
Manual for procurement of diagnostics and related laboratory items and equipment
Mechanism to guide procurement of diagnostics not yet in receipt of stringent regulatory approval
Procurement information and statistics
Request for Proposals
22 MARCH 2017
The Prequalification Team is publishing a request for proposals for consultancy services relating to - developing and maintaining the Quality Management Systems (QMS) and assuming the responsibility for on-going system maintenance and effectiveness of operations within the Prequalification Team.
The services required by the World Health Organization (WHO) are more fully described in the below attached Terms of Reference and Request for Proposals.
Proposals should be submitted to WHO in writing no later than 5 April 2017 at 17:00 hours Geneva time ("the closing date"), by email at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- WHO list of prequalified in vitro diagnostic products
- Status of active applications to the prequalification of in vitro diagnostics
- Complaints and Product Alerts
- Streamlining of the Prequalification of Diagnostics
- WHO Prequalification of Male Circumcision Devices
- Procurement of in vitro diagnostics
- HIV incidence assay working group
- Information resources
- First WHO prequalified hepatitis C rapid test opens the door to expanded treatment
- Two cutting-edge technologies for HIV detection in infants receive WHO prequalification
- New! Alternative performance evaluation mechanism
- New! Sample product dossier for public comment
- New! Guidance for manufacturers for public comment
New! Change of WHO recommendations on malaria RDT procurement
G6PD Prequalification: Public Announcement to Stakeholders
Guidance for post-market surveillance