Medical devices

Fourth WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices

2nd GFMD


The 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices “Increasing access to medical devices” was held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th, December 2018.

Countries rely on the use of medical devices to achieve universal health coverage, respond to health emergencies, and keep populations safe. In resolution WHA60.29 Member States recognized that medical devices are indispensable for health care delivery, however their selection, regulation and use presents enormous challenges. WHO proposed to organize the 4th Global Forum on Medical Devices to discuss this important topic.

The 4th Global Forum was based upon the work that was accomplished at the 1st Global Forum in Bangkok in 2010, the 2nd in Geneva in 2013, and the 3rd also in Geneva in 2017. The most recent 4th Global Forum was attended by approximately 1261 participants from over 90 Member States. These events function as the main opportunity to disseminate and share information on medical devices for global health.

The programme included sessions on the following topics: best practices, challenges, new tools and innovation, regulation, assessment, and management (procurement, technical specifications, donations, maintenance and appropriate safe use) of medical devices. Some of the main topics discussed in the 4th Forum were the following WHO: Essential in vitro Diagnostic List (EDL), Classification and nomenclature of medical devices (ICMD), Priority medical devices (PMD), Oxygen delivery systems among others.

Objectives of the Forum

  • To define methods of increasing and measuring access to essential and priority medical devices under Universal Health Coverage in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals
  • To share country evidence of best practices in regulating, assessment and management of medical devices
  • To demonstrate development and use of innovative appropriate affordable technologies to respond to global health priorities
  • To share WHO tools and guidelines on medical devices for better implementation

The draft of the Report for the Forum has been completed. It is available for comments and can be accessed from the menu column on the right.
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