Medical devices

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34%of 145 countries have a health technology national policy that is part of the national health programme

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9% of 145 countries have an independent health technology national policy


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65%of 145 countries have an authority responsible for implementing and enforcing medical device specific product regulations

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Development of medical device policies

Policies, strategies, and action plans for health technologies, specifically for medical devices, are required in any national health plan. Within the context of a robust health system they ensure access to safe, effective, and high-quality medical devices that prevent, diagnose, and treat disease and injury, and assist patients in their rehabilitation.

WHO has developed a guidance document whose purpose it is to raise the awareness of the importance of developing and implementing health technology policies – comprised of regulatory, health technology management, and health technology assessment components – within the context of a national health plan. It addresses the role of medical devices in global health care and the prioritization of needs within Member States and discusses the key components of an effective policy, the organizational systems necessary for implementation of the policy, and the methodology for measuring progress.

WHO resolutions

WHO Resolutions

The World Health Assembly, WHO's supreme decision-making body, gathers annually at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. During this multi-day meeting, resolutions on key health issues are adopted to urge Member States and to request the WHO Director General undertake particular actions related to these key health issues. More...

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Contact information

medicaldevices@who.int

Diagnostic Imaging and Medical Devices
Essential Medicines and Health Products
20 Avenue Appia
1211, Geneva 27
Phone: +41 22 791 1239
Fax: +41 22 791 4836