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14th October 2021  Author: rapidvirology staff writer

WHO Creates User-Friendly Web Version of Essential In Vitro Diagnostics List (eEDL)

The World Health Organization (WHO) Model List of Essential In Vitro Diagnostics (EDL) is now an interactive online tool. The new eEDL is still in its early stages of development but gives a preview of how easy its users will be able to search by disease type and filter results based on the assay format, specimen type, and if recommended by WHO. 

The WHO EDL is intended to support IVD policy development to improve people's access to IVD testing and clinical laboratory services, and a new guidance document has been published to support countries with this endeavor.

At the recent WHO & FIND webinar: 'How to Develop a National List of Essential In Vitro Diagnostics' Dr. Emma Hannay, Chief Access Officer at FIND, said that "diagnostics has moved towards miniaturized high-tech coupled with simplified decentralized tests such as point-of-care and rapid tests" but that "47% of the global population has little or no access to diagnostics", referencing critical findings from a recent Lancet commission on transforming access to diagnostics

Emma said that FIND works with countries to develop their EDL lists and help them operate the EDL within the country's health sector. 

Inquiries on EDL lists should be directed to the EDL secretariat at WHO headquarters. 



Date Published: 14th October 2021

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