Medical devices

2016 Call for innovative health technologies for low-resource settings

Medical devices, assistive products, eHealth/mHealth applications, personal protective equipment (PPE), medical simulation devices, and other health technologies


CALL IS NOW OPEN!
DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2016

Please look at the following materials before beginning the submission form:

Background and mission

Medical devices, assistive products, eHealth/mHealth applications, PPE, medical simulation devices, and other health technologies have the potential to improve lives. However, too many people worldwide suffer because they do not have access to the appropriate health technologies. Through this call WHO aims to raise awareness of the pressing need for appropriate design solutions in order to improve health outcomes and quality of life.

The 2016 Call for innovative health technologies for low-resource settings aims to identify innovative health technologies that address global health concerns and are likely to be appropriate for low-resource settings. Selected technologies will be featured in the 2016 Compendium of innovative health technologies for low-resource settings. The annual publication serves as a neutral platform to introduce health technologies that have the potential to improve health outcomes or offer a solution to an unmet medical and healthcare need. The overall mission of the Compendium series is to encourage a dialogue between stakeholders and stimulate further technology development and dissemination.

For more information on different types of health technologies, please visit the following WHO websites:

Eligibility

The call is open to all. This includes manufacturers, institutions, academia, individuals and non-profit organizations which design, manufacture and/or supply any type of innovative health technologies that are suitable for use in low-resource settings and address the global health concerns.

Submissions for all technologies (under development or commercialized) must meet the following criteria:

  • evidence of affordability, ease of use, durability, and other relevant factors to justify appropriateness for low-resource settings.
  • evidence of being more appropriate for low-resource settings than existing solutions.

Submissions for commercialized technologies must meet the following additional criteria:

  • clearance from a regulatory body (if needed) and compliance with standards or national equivalents to justify safety, quality, and effectiveness.
  • affordability and availability information available.
  • currently limited or no availability in low-resource settings.

Submissions for technologies in development must meet the following additional criteria:

  • evidence of a technical review or assessment that suggests potential for final commercial product to be safe, of good quality, effective, and appropriate.

Selection

All submissions undergo an evaluation process; technologies will be assessed by an advisory panel and WHO experts based on the evidence provided by the applicant as well as publicly available information.

Please note that inclusion in the Compendium does not constitute a warranty for fitness of the technology for a particular purpose nor endorsement of the product by WHO.

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