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Blog: A Full Year

A Full Year. Image with benefits for users

May I wish you all a very happy and peaceful 2018.

2017 was our first full year on the new Third Generation IAPB Standard List platform, launched on World Sight Day 2016. The new Standard List is a vibrant, evolving platform for information exchange; it has been greatly improved and more user friendly with no complicated registration or login process. The diagram above summarises some of the many benefits for IAPB Members and their Partners, Suppliers and purchasers of equipment, drugs and consumables required for eye care services.

Were you one of the approximately 10,000 users who clicked on around 57,000 pages last year, if so, I would love to hear from you about your experience – positive or negative. Or you may know someone or a local organisation who could benefit from the IAPB Standard List who are not familiar with the website – please visit or pass on on this link to a short IAPB Standard List tour video (3 minutes) explaining the key sections and indicating all the features available on the website, made with the kind assistance of Ms Robin Percy and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

If you are a manufacturer, vendor or user and wish to recommend or suggest a new product for the Standard List, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the suppliers featured on the Standard List for their significant contribution, because without their support there would be no Standard List. There have been 20 new suppliers added to the site during 2017, to fill gaps, meet emerging technology needs and offering a wider selection of ophthalmic and eye health related products.

Some great news: I am working very closely with the World Health Organisation GATE Initiative, ensuring that all the products listed in their Priority Assistive Products Lists related to eye disabilities are featured on the Standard List. The Priority Assistive Products List aspires to follow in the footsteps of the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines, which creates awareness among the public, mobilizes resources and stimulates competition.

Finally, if you have a Project that requires a Procurement Expert or you are stuck wondering how to source a product, or require advice on your next move, please refer to our Consultancy Services – https://iapb.standardlist.org/consulting-services/. Any requests I receive that will only take a few hours of my time, and if I am available, I will offer free advice, so please do not hesitate to contact me.

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