GMDN Agency

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Role of GMDN Agency

Since 1991 Medical Device experts from around the world (regulators, healthcare providers and manufacturers) have worked together to create the Global Medical Device Nomenclature (GMDN). This work was requested by the inter-governmental body, the Global Harmonisation Task Force (GHTF) to help accelerate international medical device regulatory harmonization and convergence. The GHTF has now been superseded by the IMDRF (see

The GMDN Agency is the non-profit organisation that is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the GMDN. It is a registered UK charity, subject to an independent audit each year and regulated by the UK Charites Commission. Our Annual Report is available from the Charities Commission website.

The Agency’s objects are:

To preserve and protect health and to relieve sickness for the public benefit by developing and maintaining the “Global Medical Device Nomenclature”, a system of internationally agreed descriptors used to identify medical device products which will meet a global need for identification purposes.

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Confusing names for similar medical products and how the GMDN brings much-needed clarity

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