International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering

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Meeting: 
144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
5.7.1 Access to medicines and vaccines
Statement: 

Medical devices play essential roles in health care systems and along with these, we find biomedical and clinical engineers, physicists, epidemiologists and technicians, specialized in health care as was highlighted in the very successful WHO’s Fourth Global Forum on Medical Devices, India December 2018.

The title of the document EB144/17 mentions “health products” but already the sub-title limits to: “Access to medicines and vaccines” where our understanding is that “health products” comprise “medical devices”

While the great need for biomedical engineers is recognized explicitly in the middle of the document, again at page 20, the table on impact and outcomes with indicators, only mentions medicinal elements and not a single item on medical devices.

We strongly recommend
that WHO expand its own staff for medical devices and other non-drug related technologies, by establishing robust professional teams in Headquarters and Regions,
that WHO review the document EB144/17 so that the content effectively reflects the main title and medical devices are treated equally to medicines and are included in concrete targets and indicators