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The FDA UDI Rule: 5 Things You Need to Know

Written by SPK Blog Post
Published on July 15, 2013

The release of the FDA final rule on Unique Device Identification (UDI) is expected this summer. Here are five things you need to know:

1. What is the UDI Rule?

In July 2012, the FDA proposed a rule requiring medical device manufacturers to label their products with unique device identifiers (UDIs). The final rule is under Office of Management and Budget review and is expected to issue this summer. It would establish a unique device identification system for tracking medical devices to:

UDI Objectives

2. What is the Unique Device Identifier?

UDIThe UDI is a unique numeric or alphanumeric code that includes:

  • A Device Identifier (DI): [static] Manufacturer, make, model [i.e., each catalog number]
  • A Production identifier (PI): [dynamic] how product is currently controlled — serial, lot number; expiration, manufacturing date

The UDI must appear on the label in a human readable format, that can be read by automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology, such as a linear or 2D DataMatrix barcode. A unique UDI must be applied to the “base package” and higher levels of packaging.

The UDI will be submitted to the FDA Global UDI Database (GUDID) and include a standard set of basic identifying data attributes for each UDI.

3. How will the UDI system be implemented?

UDI Implementation

4. What is the timeline for implementation?

The anticipated effective dates for UDI requirements are based on risk class after publication of final rule:

UDI Timeline

5. What are the immediate next steps for medical device manufacturers?

If your UDI efforts are not underway already get started now! The immediate next steps are:

UDI Next Steps

Where can I find more information?

Next Steps:

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