The 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices – Increasing Access to Medical devices.

The 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices – Increasing Access to Medical devices.

By Stewart Whitley, Director of Professional Practice

Over 1049 participants from 90 countries attended the forum with the programme featuring: workshops, plenary sessions, parallel sessions and posters related to innovation, regulation, assessment and management of medical devices.  

As the ISRRT representative I had the privilege of being the workshop organizer and facilitator ofa joint Workshop along with colleagues from IOMP, RAD-AID and WFNBN titled ‘Embedding safety culture into the procurement, commissioning, life and use of medical imaging and radiotherapy equipment until eventual replacement/decommissioning’.

I delivered two presentations: 
1. General Considerations 
2. The radiographers’ role in embedding safety culture into the procurement, commissioning, life and use of medical imaging and radiotherapy equipment until eventual replacement/decommissioning

Additionally, ISRRT was selected as one of only 17 organisations to give a table exhibition on day Two of the Forum which was well attended from delegates around the world.  

A full report on the Form will soon be published but please don’t hesitate to look at the following publications undertaken by WHO and the Medical Devices Section.

The  medical devices nomenclature  :
https://www.who.int/medical_devices/priority/mde_nomenclature/en/

The Essential in vitro diagnostic list:  https://www.who.int/medical_devices/diagnostics/Selection_in-vitro_diagn...

The priority medical devices lists:    https://www.who.int/medical_devices/priority/en/

Regulation of medical devices :https://www.who.int/medical_devices/safety/en/

               
General page in English: https://www.who.int/medical_devices/en/

Publications: https://www.who.int/medical_devices/publications/en/


The Professional Practice Team is eager to hear of developments in the Regions and appreciate input from all member organisations and colleagues. 

Stewart Whitley, December 2018