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FDA Wants Earlier Public Release of Medical Device-Specific Data

Dec. 19, 2018, 6:50 PM

Device-specific records may become available to the public sooner, thanks to the FDA.

The Food and Drug Administration announced in a Dec. 18 proposal its plans to cut a temporary grace period extension for when unique device identifying information in the Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) is made public. The GUDID is the reference catalog that holds information for every device with a unique device identifier (UDI).

UDIs are labels with a specific numeric or alphanumeric code.

The FDA says the GUDID is important to the smooth operation of its UDI system. The UDI system will improve patient safety,...

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