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Medical device community shares insight on label management tools

Susan Gosnell Medical Devices Leave a Comment

Last week at the Q1 Productions 8th Annual Medical Device & Diagnostic Labeling Conference, delegates from medical device manufacturers, notified bodies, legal firms and solution providers came together to discuss the latest developments in medical device labeling including integration of new labeling requirements like EU MDR / IVDR, achieving UDI barcode quality, direct marking challenges and label creation and delivery excellence.

NiceLabel hosted a break out session where delegates shared peer-to-peer knowledge on their experience with Content Management Systems (CMS), Master Data Management (MDM) and Enterprise Labeling Systems (ELS), and how these tools helped to better streamline labeling operations, centralize data and reduce errors. Here are some of the valuable insights that were shared in each group.

Group 1 – Introduction to label management tools

Getting stakeholder buy in and aligning on goals for a label management tool implementation can be a challenge; however both are essential for a successful project. Helping management to understand the cost implications of legacy labeling systems and processes will help them to see labeling as a business critical application and justify a modernization effort.

Group 2 – Practical approach to implementation

Data is one of the most important considerations when implementing a label management tool. For many companies, data resides in different places, whether due to acquisitions or poor data management practices. For some, data is in drawings, which poses a problem when it comes to migrating that data into a labeling system. At the end of the day, medical device manufacturers need to consolidate their data in order to leverage a single source of truth for labeling.

Group 3 – Maximizing use of label management tools

Once the labeling system is implemented, focus shifts from data to the end of the process. How are we going to consume barcodes and packaging? And how do we incorporate a vision inspection system?  One of the key challenges centers on resources and roles. It is important to designate an owner for each part of the labeling process. For example, IT should own supplier connections since they pose a security risk while the labeling team owns label design. A new reality for many medical device manufacturers is that IT resources are thinning out and expensive. It is important that whenever possible, medical device manufacturers empower the business user to reduce the dependence on IT and take more ownership of labeling.

For more information on label management for medical devices, download the white paper, How Modern Label Management Helps Medical Device Manufacturers Compete in a Challenging Marketplace.

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