Every day, medical devices help save the lives of patients across Asia Pacific.

The following is WHO’s definition of a medical device:

‘Medical device’ means any instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, appliance, implant, reagent for in vitro use, software, material or other similar or related article, intended by the manufacturer to be used, alone or in combination, for human beings, for one or more of the specific medical purpose(s) of:

  • diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of disease
  • diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, alleviation of or compensation for an injury
  • investigation, replacement, modification, or support of the anatomy or of a physiological process,
  • supporting or sustaining life
  • control of conception
  • disinfection of medical devices
  • providing information by means of in vitro examination of specimens derived from the human body

and does not achieve its primary intended action by pharmacological, immunological or metabolic means, in or on the human body, but which may be assisted in its intended function by such means.

Medical Devices vs. Drugs

To learn more about the differences between medical devices and drugs, download the Global Medical Technology Alliance table that clearly distinguishes the two.