The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is moving ahead with the Unique Device Identifier (UDI) system to identify medical devices. Yet, the question remains: If FDA builds the system, will the healthcare industry adopt it?
The agency is working with manufacturers to launch the UDI system, which will be phased in over several years. When fully implemented, the label of most medical devices will include a unique device identifier in human- and machine-readable form. As part of the implementation, device labelers will also submit certain information about each device to FDAs Global Unique Device Identification Database, which the public will be able to search and download information.
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