December 19, 2016

3rd Round Table on Medical Equipment Donations

For the third time European organizations assembled in Paris for a round-table meeting in order to discuss subjects of mutual interest and exchange experiences.

On the agenda of the 2016 meeting was the completion of the networks pamphlet on the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)-directive and its implications for medical device donations. The proceedings also included sharing of best practices in the donation process as well as in depth discussions concerning capacity building of partners in recipient countries. A special session was dedicated to the result of a recent study on how to reinforce the biomedical profession in Africa.

The network has been up and running since 2013 and consists of 10-15 organizations. In order to learn more about how it can be formalized going forward Lori Warrens, executive manager of Medsurplus Alliance in USA, was invited to share their experiences from forming the Alliance. Medsurplus Alliance gather US-based organizations and have developed a mutual system of accreditation, a code of conduct and a toolkit for medical donations.