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WHO: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING SURVEY


Also on behalf of Adriana Velazquez Berumen of the WHO we cordially invite you and your colleagues in the development of a WHO global repository of Biomedical Engineering and its role on medical devices field, specifically on: country profiles, academic institutions, government, and professional organizations. (This news item is an adaptation of the mail she send out earlier this year)

Purpose

One of the six leadership priorities of WHO is “increasing access to essential, high quality, and affordable medical products.”

Biomedical Engineers play a critical role in the research and development, regulation, assessment, maintenance and safe use of medical devices globally.

This global repository of Biomedical Engineering data is a collaborative process that depends on the cooperation of Biomedical Engineers worldwide.

Final users of this information, will be Ministers of Health, academicians, researchers, students,  and  medical devices industry, among others.
Participation

1.       If you are working in an academic institution, professional organization, or the government and are knowledgeable about the status of Biomedical Engineers in your country, please click on the link below and complete the survey.

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2.       Please forward the link below to persons at academic institutions, professional organizations, or the government who are knowledgeable about the status of Biomedical Engineers in your country.

For example, a coordinator at a university with a Biomedical Engineering programme would be able fill in the Education section of the survey. A governmental authority would be well-suited to fill in the Country Profile section of the survey.


Global Biomedical Engineering Education Country profile and Professional Database: http://apps.who.int/medical_devices/edu/

The database is open to the public and all data is freely available without the need to create a login. However, if a user would like to enter data, an account must be created. The database works optimally with the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact [email protected]
Validation and dissemination

All submitted data will undergo a validation process before it is displayed. This process will be ongoing and can be updated at any time in the future in order to keep the information collected as current as possible.

The information will be posted in the WHO website http://www.who.int/medical_devices/support/en/

ILO

Despite their important work, the International Labor Organization does not currently have a specific classification for Biomedical Engineers as part of the health work force in the International Standard Classification of Occupations. Therefore there is a need to determine the number of Biomedical Engineers in each country in order to establish this classification for Biomedical Engineers.
Final remark

If you are not sure how to fill in the fields or if there is more than one society in your country that should fill in this form, please do not hesitate to contact me. Together we will make sure the WHO gets the right figures.

 

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