How does it work?

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Our ambition is to help buyers, particularly those from Low and Middle Income countries, make informed procurement decisions.

Do note, the list is a work-in-progress: not every product category has all the products we hope to showcase. The list will add new products over time—and you can help.

Do you have direct experience with a product? Leave your comments under it and it will help us in our selection.

How do we rank these products?

Each product is evaluated and scored by IAPB’s Procurement Manager, Phil Hoare (read about him here), on six criteria:

  • Value for money
  • Customer service
  • Quality control
  • Appropriateness for LMIC
  • Ease of use
  • Purchase frequency

In addition, we include Unique Selling Propositions (USP) for each of the products, listed.

Phil Hoare will modify the ranking from time to time based on feedback and recommendations—so you can help.

Please note that IAPB and Phil Hoare have no financial interests in any of the products listed.


The Standard List uses “Guide Price” for each product. A variety of pricing mechanisms are used in different markets and locations—RRP, RSP, List price etc. To ensure some consistency, IAPB uses a Guide price that is indicative of the price-range to expect for a product. Guide Prices are most useful when comparing different products and considering options against a budget. You should not assume that this is the price you will pay as the actual price of the product may vary depending on a number of factors, including country location, currencies, local distributors, quantities and other factors. Please negotiate directly with the supplier.

IAPB Members and their partners are eligible for discounts on a number of products available on the Standard List. Where these discounts are available, you will be able to click on a special button to claim the discount.

Procurement knowledge

Choosing between different products is just one part of the procurement process. Good procurement is based upon a sound understanding of what is required. To help with this IAPB has convened a number of expert groups to identify essential lists of equipment. Have you got what you need to run a good cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, low vision service? – look at the Essential lists.


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