Does anyone have any information about the Italian *CIVAB system of equipment codes? think

- Basic structure?
- Outline of the idea?
- Anything special about them?
- Are they still being used?
- Does the Si3C system use these codes?

And (whilst I'm on here), I heard a few (five or more) years ago that "the WHO is working towards a unified nomenclature system that can be used globally":-

- Has anyone heard anything more about that one?
- Was (is) it GMDN (or UMDNS)?

* Developed, I believe, for the Italian Ministry of Health some years ago by TBS - and (possibly) based upon an earlier coding system known as ACMAGEST (?)

** Yet Another Global Medical Device Nomenclature System