The Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 26 named the Health Industry Business Communications Council, a standards development organization, as the second accredited issuing agency for unique device identifiers for medical devices.

FDA a week earlier selected standards firm GS1 as the first accredited issuing agency and more accreditors could be named. The action comes following publication in September 2013 of a final rule to establish the identifier after legislation was enacted in 2007. The rule sets compliance dates for specific milestones each September from 2014 through 2020.

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