May 28, 2022

Health Research: National Library of Medicine & FDA Now Provide Public Access to Global Unique Device Identification Database

From the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD:

The FDA, in partnership with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), announced today that data submitted to FDA’s Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) is now publicly available through a website called AccessGUDID.

Through AccessGUDID, anyone can search or download information that device labelers have submitted to the GUDID about their medical devices.

Because the UDI system is being phased in over the next several years, labelers are currently submitting data on only the highest risk medical devices, a small subset of marketed devices. But as the system is implemented according to the UDI compliance timeline, the records of all medical devices required to have a UDI will be included.

With the launch of this beta version of AccessGUDID, everyone is encouraged —health care systems, clinicians, patients, researchers, industry and others— to explore its contents, assess its functionality and provide us with feedback. This feedback will shape future enhancements, including advanced search and web services.

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