Medical device

European Medical Device Directives – How a small-medium sized medical device company responded to the new regulations

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The medical device directives are currently being revised by the EU’s institutions in a process that began in 2008. This revision has the following objectives: To ensure a consistently high level of health and safety protection for EU citizens using these products To maintain the free and fair trade of the products throughout the EU To adapt legislation to the …

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Helpful resource in planning for September UDI deadline for Class II device compliance

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Manufacturers of Class II medical devices must comply with the FDA’s Unique Device Identifier (UDI) regulations by September 2016, the latest in a series of deadlines for varying devices. Are you ready? The FDA manages a Global Unique Device Identifier Database (GUDID), to which manufacturers must submit their device details, via one of three accredited agencies. There is a fair …

Common UDI label mistake: The barcode prints over the edge of the label

UDI labeling: common mistakes and best practices

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There’s no doubt that UDI is a hot topic among medical device manufacturers. They are currently under pressure to comply with the FDA’s UDI requirements. Europe plans to introduce similar rules that companies will need to adhere to in the next three to four years. Other countries like Brazil, Turkey and China are introducing their own rules. It’s clear that …

Who bears responsibility for submitting UDI data to the GUDID

Who bears responsibility for submitting UDI data to the GUDID?

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The FDA has specified in its Final Rule on Unique Device Identification (UDI) that medical device labelers marketing their products in the United States are required to submit data records to its Global Unique Device Identifier Database (GUDID, pronounced “Good-ID”). Which company qualifies as the device labeler? The next question to ask is which company (or companies) involved in bringing …

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Europe is closely watching UDI

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The conference was a UDI-dedicated networking and learning meeting for device manufacturers and healthcare providers. The focus was on how they can support each other to benefit the patients. I recently attended and presented at the UDIs & Traceability for Medical Devices Forum in Munich. A prominent theme at the event was technology and how compliance to UDI and other …

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How to Choose a UDI Issuing Agency

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With the advent of compulsory Unique Device Identification (UDI) for medical device labels, companies in the sector must select a device identifier issuing agency. The device identifier itself – a numeric or alphanumeric code – must include a device component identifying the labeler and the particular version of the device, as well as a production component, which identifies the individual …

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Process Optimization – the NiceLabel Solution

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Process Optimization – the NiceLabel Solution Lower costs, greater responsiveness, more efficient compliance, easier data management…the list of advantages that NiceLabel offers its customers takes Lee Patty, Vice President and General Manager for the Americas, a while to get through. “The main thing we offer is process improvement,” says Patty from his base in Wisconsin. “We take a consultative approach, …


Krka gets SMART

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In search of world class efficiency performance, leading European pharma company Krka recognized that its international expansion ambitions depended upon having the best data management technology. Label data management was a crucial part of Krka’s operations and with thousands of products distributed to at least 70 countries worldwide, labeling had become a challenge for the company. The company’s label catalog …


It’s War! Smart Manufacturing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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We are at the beginning of a manufacturing arms race. The European Commission recently announced a €2 billion investment into ‘Factories of the Future’. President Obama earmarked US$1 billion for a network of 15 manufacturing innovation institutes across the US. At stake is a huge portion of global trade. Figures suggest that 30 per cent of US imports from China …


Highlights from the UDI Conference 2016 and Medical Device and Diagnostic Labeling Conference

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In late April I attended a couple of medical device industry conferences which were both eye-opening in different ways. The looming issue of UDI compliance was at the heart of both conferences, though they took contrasting approaches. UDI Conference 2016, Baltimore MD, April 18-19 This was an official FDA-sponsored event, where a large number of delegates from medical device manufacturers, …