2020 was one of the toughest years we can remember. Our Chair of Trustees John Wilkinson has continued his round of visiting major stakeholders, albeit ‘virtually’ during the lockdown. This activity was also closely linked to a survey of regulators that we undertook to help with our new strategy for 2021-2025, which will be launched for public consultation soon. In 2019 you may remember we introduced a new FREE Basic membership scheme. As a result, our global membership has doubled in a year to over 12,000 concurrent members and is still increasing at an annual rate of over 50%. We also moved to our new office, Hampden House and at the same time substantially reduced our carbon footprint. Use of GMDN is now harmonised in nearly all new national device registration systems. This year we expect to see the launch of several practical applications by our customers that use the GMDN for more accurate device identification and grouping, which we hope will provide better decision support in the healthcare sector. 2021 will start with the Brexit transition period coming to an end and therefore new rules for all medical device registrations in the UK, which continues the trend of best practice for device registers using GMDN. Thank you for your continued support and our very best wishes for a safe 2021. Mark Wasmuth, CEO
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 The GHTF has now been superseded by the IMDRF (see www.imdrf.org).
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.