GMDN Agency

About Us

The Global Medical Device Nomenclature (GMDN) is the leading global standard for the naming, classification and categorisation of medical devices. Anyone can register for free as a member on the GMDN website to access and use any GMDN Term.

Our nomenclature provides Healthcare Professionals, Regulators, Manufacturers and others with a common language to communicate and share information.

GMDN enables safer and more effective patient care, fosters innovation and collaboration in the medical device industry, and supports global harmonisation of regulatory requirements.

The GMDN is designed to be flexible and adaptable to accommodate new and emerging technologies, and it is continually updated to reflect changes in the medical device landscape. The system is used by Regulators in over 70 countries worldwide and has members in 145 countries across the globe. It has become a critical component of the global regulatory infrastructure for medical devices.

The GMDN is used for:

- Data exchange between manufacturers, regulators and healthcare authorities

- Exchange of post-market vigilance information

- Supporting inventory control and asset management in hospitals

- Purchasing and supply chain management

The GMDN Agency is a registered UK charity (1154418) and non-profit organisation responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the GMDN database. The GMDN Agency is a wholly UK-based organisation with no subsidiaries, franchises or licenced entities outside of the UK.

Useful Information

What We Do

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What you need from a medical device nomenclature

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GMDN Strategy 2022-2026 Overview

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The value of a globally harmonised nomenclature for medical devices

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Patient safety at the forefront of GMDN’s focus.

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