13 Dec


4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices

Event type: Congresses

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India          December 13-15, 2018


The 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices “Increasing access to medical devices” will be 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 will build 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 Global Forum was attended by approximately 600 participants from over 100 Member States. These events function as the main opportunity to disseminate and share information on medical devices for global health.

The programme will include 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. The list of priority medical devices by health care facility, disease or clinical interventions will be presented.

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


Official Website: http://www.who.int/medical_devices/global_forum/4th_gfmd/en/