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    FDA Decides to Delay UDI Labeling Rule for Some Orthopedic Implants

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is granting labelers of certain types of implantable medical devices a temporary reprieve from its upcoming requirements that all medical device products be marked with a unique device identifier (UDI) meant to make the devices safer. Background A UDI is, as its name implies, a system of identifying each medical device using a specific system. The system has a number of allures for regulators. "The unique device identification ...
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    Medical Device Regulatory Update: Usability, UDI and RoHS

    What do human factors engineering (HFE), unique device identifiers (UDIs) and restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) have in common? More than one may think. At the recent 2014 RAPS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter’s annual educational collaboration with the ASQ Northern California Biomedical Division, attendees gathered to enhance their understanding of HFE, the requirements for UDI and the impact of the RoHS 2 Directive 2011/65/EU 1 aimed at devices currently under D...
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    FDA Extends UDI Compliance Date for Most Contact Lenses

    Some medical device manufacturers will have an additional year to comply with the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule, a 2013 regulation intended to allow regulators to exercise greater oversight of the device industry. Background A UDI is, as its name implies, a system of identifying each medical device using a specific system. The system has a number of allures for regulators. "The unique device identification system will h...
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    FDA Unveils Final Details about Medical Device Tracking System

    Regulators with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have released a second, substantially more complete guidance document indicating how its Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID), an integral part of the agency's pending oversight of the Unique Device Identification (UDI) system, works. Background Under FDA's UDI regulation, medical device manufacturers will soon have to start affixing device identifiers and production identifiers to most devi...
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    FDA Releases Final, Slimmed-Down GUDID Guidance, Leaving Many Details for Later

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a guidance document intended to outline the appropriate use of its Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID), an integral part of its attempt to overhaul how medical devices are kept track of in the US. But not included in the final guidance is more than half of what the agency originally set out to define. Background A Unique Device Identification (UDI) is, as its name implies, a system of identif...
  • US Health IT Officials Call for Integration of FDA's Unique Device Identification with eHealth Records

    The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), a US health technology implementation advocate, has announced a new proposed rule that would advocate for the integration of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule with electronic health records (EHRs). Background A  UDI  is, as its name implies, a system of identifying each medical device using a specific system. The system has a number of allures for regulator...
  • Third Company Obtains Accreditation Under FDA's Unique Device Identification Program

    Medical device manufacturers now have a third accredited option from which to ensure compliance with the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule, regulators announced last week. Background FDA released its final UDI rule in September 2013, reflecting a wide range of changes called for by industry. The rule, at its most basic, requires most medical devices to be given a unique identifying mark. The system has a number of a...
  • Device Manufacturers Get New Option to Ensure Compliance with UDI Rule

    Medical device manufacturers looking to comply with the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule will now have a second accrediting agency from which to obtain an identifying mark. Background FDA released its final UDI rule in September 2013, reflecting a wide range of changes called for by industry. The rule, at its most basic, requires most medical devices to be given a unique identifying mark. The system has a number of all...
  • Jay Crowley, Author of FDA's UDI Rule, to Leave Agency for Industry Next Week

    Jay Crowley, the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) author of the Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule and a longtime employee of the agency, will soon retire to join industry, agency officials confirmed today. The news first broke on 19 December 2013, when USDM Life Sciences, a global regulatory consulting firm, announced that it had hired Crowley as its Vice President of its UDI practice. "There is nobody more qualified to help our medical device clients bec...
  • IMDRF Finalizes UDI Rule, Five Other Device-Related Documents

    The International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) has announced the finalization of six documents pertaining to the marking of devices with unique identifiers, standardized definitions for medical software and extensive requirements for auditors participating in the single audit program. The IMDRF, launched in early 2013, is the regulators-only successor to the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF), a harmonization group that disbanded in 2012. Its current membe...
  • Industry Digs into Details of UDI Database Guidance in Comments to FDA

    Many of the medical device industry's biggest names have begun to weigh in on a new proposal from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch a database intended to facilitate the operation of its Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule, offering a wide range of proposed changes. Background A  UDI  is, as its name implies, a system of identifying each medical device using a specific system. The system has a number of allures for regulators. "The uniqu...
  • Was OMB's Lengthy Review of the UDI Rule Worth the Wait?

    It's not yet clear how the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) unique device identification (UDI) rule will be remembered. After all, it has not yet been implemented. But if the rule is remembered for something, it may well be for the lengthy process it went through to eventually obtain approval, as well as the extensive and unexplained delays it went through along the way. Now, for the first time, the public is getting something of a glimpse at the behind-the-scen...