Unique Device Identifier System: Frequently Asked Questions, Vol. 1
Section 226 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA) and section 614 of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 (FDASIA) amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to add section 519(f), which directs FDA to publish regulations establishing a unique device identification system for medical devices. On September 24, 2013, FDA published a final rule establishing a unique device identification system (the UDI Rule). While some parts of the rule became effective on October 24, 2013 and some became effective on December 23, 2013, most requirements within the rule have later compliance dates, as will be explained in Section A.2. of this document. In developing the UDI Rule, FDA solicited input from a variety of stakeholders (e.g., manufacturers, global regulatory bodies, the clinical community, patient advocates) to ensure that as many perspectives were incorporated as possible.
This guidance document provides clarification of key provisions of the UDI Rule.
Submit comments on this guidance document electronically via docket ID: FDA-2013-S-0610 - Specific Electronic Submissions Intended For FDA's Dockets Management Staff (i.e., Citizen Petitions, Draft Proposed Guidance Documents, Variances, and other administrative record submissions)
If unable to submit comments online, please mail written comments to:
Division of Dockets Management (HFA- 305)
Food and Drug Administration
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All comments should be identified with the title of the guidance.