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Unique Surgical Instrument Identification – AU and NZ update

[fa icon="calendar'] 09-May-2019 20:11:50 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, UDI

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In July 2018 I published a blog about being ready for unique surgical instrument identification (UDI) and its implications for Australia and New Zealand.

Since then, the therapeutic goods administration (TGA) in Australia has released a consultation paper relating to the implementation of UDI.

The purpose of this blog is to look at the document and provide an update on what’s happening with the implementation of UDI in Australia.

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Get ready for Unique Surgical Instrument Identification.

[fa icon="calendar'] 23-Jul-2018 13:13:02 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, UDI

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In September 2013 the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) implemented regulations establishing a system to identify surgical devices through distribution and use. Under this rule, each medical device must be labelled with a Unique Device Identifier (UDI).

The UDI needs to be directly marked on the device itself if the device is intended to be used more than once and to be reprocessed before each use.

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