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UDI (Unique Device Identification) made easy

With the complete turnkey package from TRUMPF you can mark medical devices permanently and reliably using lasers and software from a single source. Medical technology products and devices now need to bear a unique device identification code, or UDI, that is legible across the entire supply chain. The most important requirement is for markings to be permanently legible, something that is frequently achievable only with laser marking.

When is UDI coming and where is it already standard?

Distribution of medical technology to the USA

In the US, a UDI label is now required on all medical devices and instruments.

Plans for Europe

The requirement to clearly label all medical devices is also planned for Europe.

Risk classes II and III

Medical instruments in risk classes II and III are already subject to mandatory UDI labeling.

New directives and deadlines

Instruments in risk class I must also be labeled in accordance with UDI for the US by September 2022

What is UDI (Unique Device Identification)?

Unique Device Identification (UDI) refers to a global standard system for identification in medical production. A UDI marking consists of two parts – a machine-readable code and a human-readable code. The machine-readable part is represented either as a linear barcode or as a 2D Data Matrix Code. The human readable part can be represented with numbers and letters.

What is the purpose of the UDI system and what requires marking?

Patient safety is the top priority in medical technology. Clear and consistent medical-device labeling is fundamental to this - from manufacturers to retailers and from hospitals to the patient. This maintains full transparency along the supply chain. Unique Device Identification enables those responsible for procurement and materials management to access device information held in central databases. Serial numbers and expiration dates are examples of this. In the foreseeable future, all medical devices in any risk class will require clear and machine-readable labeling.

Do all medical devices require UDI marking?

All medical devices intended for sale in the United States must have a UDI code in future. The European market is also planning to make UDI labeling mandatory in the new Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and IVDR (In-vitro Medical Devices Regulation). The goal is clear: a globally standardized UDI system. The medical technology industry in every market is being advised to label their products with UDI codes in anticipation of new legal requirements.

Which standards exist for UDI labeling?

UDI labeling of medical devices is based on specific standards. To this end, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accredited three organizations as UDI issuing agencies: GS1, Health Industry Business Communications Council (HIBCC), and the International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation (ICCBBA). Generally labels always consist of two parts: the "DI" (Device Identifier) and the "PI" (Production Identifier). The DI, which is identical for each item, includes the ID of the manufacturer or labeler as well as the reference code of the product. In contrast, the PI is dynamic, containing information such as expiration and manufacturing dates and serial numbers. The global data exchange network Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) enables manufacturers to forward product information to the American FDA UDI database.

Which UDI regulations exist within the EU?

In contrast to the US FDA regulation, the EU is introducing a new identifier based on the European Union Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR) – "Basic UDI-DI". This enables medical devices with similar characteristics to be grouped in the EU approval database EUDAMED. The device can only be submitted to the authorities responsible for approval after the medical device manufacturer or an authorized representative has allocated the new identifier.

The complete package from TRUMPF

White paper: Image processing for TRUMPF marking systems in medical technology for UDI-compliant laser marking

Lasers are used in medical technology to permanently mark products such as implants and tools. Markings of implants, surgical tools and medical utensils such as instrument cases must meet stringent requirements. TRUMPF provides turnkey complete solutions for UDI-compliant laser marking which satisfy the medical technology requirements for image processing.

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TRUMPF has a broad range of marking lasers as well as customizable software solutions. Customers can use them to create UDIs from their own databases and apply the markings to medical devices. Quality control and documentation functions are also available on request. TRUMPF customers get high-quality markings from this complete package while also benefiting from TRUMPF solutions for UDI-compliant marking and process reliability.

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1. Access to database

The software is linked to databases. Reading information into the system via external hand scanners is also possible.

2. Production data input

Data is available from the database or read out using a hand-held scanner.

3. Create UDI code

The UDI module creates a UDI-compliant code with relevant data and individual production extensions.

4. Component and position recognition

VisionLine image processing automatically detects the component along with the exact location and position. The software forwards the information to the controller which makes the marking in the precise position.

5. Marking laser

The TRUMPF laser marks the workpiece with a durable, corrosion-resistant and high-contrast marking that remains machine-readable and visible to the human eye even after numerous cleaning cycles.

6. Optional code content capture

Subsequent quality control is also very easy with TRUMPF process sensors. With TRUMPF image processing solutions UDI-compliant codes can be recognized, read out and evaluated for quality using various methods.

7. Optional marking data check

Marked data can be compared against the database and stored for documentation purposes with additional information when required. This includes information on UDI code content and quality, or on the machines involved in the process. This ensures proper documentation of the component and marking even after many years.

TRUMPF is a GS1 Solution Partner

With us, you can label your medical devices to be UDI-compliant

In order to guarantee that medical products are traceable, accredited standards are applied and assigned by one of four governing agencies: GS1, HIBCC, ICCBBA, and the Informationsstelle für Arzneispezialitäten (IFA GmbH). Very commonly used standards are GS1, HIBC, and ISBT 128. TRUMPF is a recognized GS1 Solution Partner. 

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