New programme to train people on medical devices

A NEW programme to train citizens on medical devices has been launched by a health regulator to further enhance the prospect of job seekers in the medical engineering field.

The two-month course has been organised by the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) in co-operation with Tamkeen.

NHRA chief executive Dr Mariam Al Jalahma said the programme will include all aspects of medical devices and supplies to ensure trainees maintain the highest standards when it comes to purchasing, storing, transporting and selling of the devices.

The Supreme Council for Health’s Resolution (48) of 2020 regarding quality control of medical devices and products states that the NHRA has the authority to monitor the use of such devices in Bahrain, and ensure their safety for public use. Through its supervisory duties, the NHRA also informs patients and users if a device does not comply with the regulations. The devices are subject to control before they are imported to verify their quality, and have to be approved in their country of origin to ensure counterfeits do not make their way into Bahrain.

The GDN in April reported about the NHRA annual report for 2022, which stated that the authority had received 11,404 applications to import medical devices, of which 10,142 were approved and 1,262 were rejected, after 77 inspections were conducted. It also stated that 100 new medical devices were registered for use in Bahrain last year.




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