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Report Recommends ID System for Devices

Citing the lack of uniformity in the size of medical devices and their packaging, FDA a few years ago decided not to require devices to be bar-coded or otherwise uniformly identified, as it did for pharmaceuticals. That may change after the release of a report the agency commissioned from Eastern Research Group (Lexington, MA). The report catalogs the benefits of a unique device identification system and suggests the time may have come to implement one.

But for it to work, standardization would have to occur, and there has been little progress toward that. So the report suggests the government get involved to make standardization happen. The report was turned in in March but not made public until today.

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