ISR called for global imaging equipment plan in developing countries and for good practice in ultrasound probe cleaning at 3rd WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices 16 May 2017

The ISR, represented by ISRQSA Co-Chair Prof. Guy Frija, hosted two successful workshops on the occasion of the 3rd WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices in Geneva on May 10.
In a joint workshop with the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP), and the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT), the ISR gave recommendations for a global plan for the development of Medical Imaging in developing countries, including the adoption and adaptation of a regulatory framework inspired by the IAEA BSS or the European BSS Directive, focus on strategic issues like justification, optimization, equipment quality, occupational exposures; as well as the use of new concepts such as Clinical Decision Support and clinically-based Diagnostic Reference Levels.
The importance of developing regional campaigns such as Eurosafe Imaging, Image Gently, AfroSafe, ArabSafe, etc. was emphasised.

During its second workshop, the ISR together with the Global DiagnosticImaging, Healthcare ICT, and Radiation Therapy Trade Association (DITTA) and the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) called upon the WHO to raise awareness of the importance of adequate cleaning of ultrasound probes. A recent European study alarmingly showed that many centres do not protect the probe with a cover before an examination and that numerous clean the probe only after the list of examinations, thus leading to a high risk of cross-infection.
Good practice guidelines and recommendations from the organizations hosting the workshop were presented and their dissemination encouraged.

The ISR also contributed to a workshop hosted by DITTA on digital transformation of healthcare in lower middle income countries, emphasising the importance to increase the use of clinical imaging guidelinesto improve appropriateness of imaging referrals by taking advantage of IT solutions such as clinical decision support platforms.

The Forum was the third of its kind and aimed to define methods of increasing access to priority medical devices under Universal Health Coverage in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals of WHO as well as to share best practices in regulating, assessment and management of medical devices.
In addition, several WHO books were launched, including the book on “WHO list of priority medical devices for cancer management” for which the ISR has acted as contributing organisation.

The conference final programme, abstracts of oral sessions, workshops and posters are available online.

A more extensive report will be featured in the forthcoming ISRQSA Newsletter edition.

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