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3rd WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices

The 3rd Global Forum on Medical Devices of the World Health Organisation took place in Geneva from 10 to 12 May 2017, including a plenary session and relevant workshops.

The representatives of more than 85 countries participated in the Forum.

The meeting has been particulalrly important in order to define methods of increasing global access to priority medical devices under Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development goals.




Considering that Member States recognized in resolution WHA60.29 and WHA67.20 that medical devices are indispensable for health care delivery but their selection, regulation and use still present enormous issues, the Forum was held to discuss the achievements that have been made in the field and the enormous challenges for Developing Countries.

This also served as an opportunity to implement the WHO future strategy for 2030 in the framework of Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals, alongside the discussion on affordability of basic technologies to respond the most urgent priorities.


Prof. G. Frija, chair of the ESR EuroSafe Imaging project and co-chair of ISRQSA - which represented the International Society of Radiology - hosted a workshop on 'Medical Imaging Equipment: Global Plan For Improvement' in which he emphasized  the importance of developing regional campaigns.




Abstracts of speakers and outcomes of the Forum are available here:


Last updated: Thursday, June 01, 2017