Human resources for medical devices, the role of biomedical engineers. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2017. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.


WHO invited global collaboration of biomedical engineering professionals to support the development of the present publication in order to describe the different roles of biomedical engineers as specialized human resources on medical devices, in order to support their classification in Member States as well as labour and other organizations. It should be noted that there are many professionals who use medical devices, for example radiographers, sonographers, laboratory technicians, surgeons, anaesthetists, ophthalmologists, orthopaedists, neurologists, radiologists, radiotherapists, pathologists, nurses, and almost all health-care workers. And, there are others who manage their supply, such as procurement and logistics officers, others that evaluate them as health economists, others that support the design and manufacture, including engineers, industrial designers, chemists, physicists, etc. This publication addresses only the role of the biomedical engineer in the development, regulation, management, training and use of medical devices in general, and it should noted that this happens with interdisciplinary collaboration according to rules and regulations in every country