Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Medical devices

Analysis of results of the baseline country survey 2010

  • Nomenclature system
    51% of 167 countries use a nomenclature system for medical devices, of which 11% use a nationally developed one
  • Lists of medical devices
    37% of 161 countries do not have national standards or recommended lists of medical devices for different types of healthcare facilities or specific procedures
  • Health technology policy
    36% of 170 countries have a health technology national policy that is part of the National Health Program, while 11% have an independent document
  • Procurement
    45% of 166 countries have a national list of approved medical devices for procurement or reimbursement and 63% carry out the procurement of medical devices at national level


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