The African Medical Devices Forum (AMDF)

AMDF, formerly Pan-African Harmonization Working Party (PAHWP) is a technical committee under the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (AMRH) programme. The forum is hosted jointly by the Secretariats of the African Union Development Agency - NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The forum was founded in 2012 with the purpose of steering harmonization of the regulation of medical devices in Africa based on the WHO global model for Medical Devices Regulatory Framework Model. This aims to enable access to medical devices and diagnostics of assured quality, safety and performance across Africa.

AMDF consists of a Technical Committee and Sub - working Groups. The sub-working groups are further divided into pre-market, placing on the market and post market.

TMDA actively participates in the AMDF Technical Committee as well as all three sub-working groups. Under the forum, TMDA has benefited through:

  • a.Training and capacity building
  • b.Development and review of Technical documentation
  • c.Information sharing.

Training and capacity building

The following trainings have been conducted in collaboration with AMDF:


TMDA has collaborated with the AMDF Secretariat in the following areas: