The surge in GMDN membership since April 2019 follows the introduction of the new free Basic membership scheme, which has seen a huge uptake from smaller manufacturers. This allows them access to the core data, while the existing membership options remain for manufacturers needing the time-saving and value-added services provided by the GMDN Agency.
The GMDN is now used by over 10,700 concurrent member organisations around the world, which is an increase of over 3.75 times the number of members in just 15 months. The trend is also set to continue with an increase of 10% in membership since March 2020.
Mark Wasmuth, the CEO of the GMDN Agency, said: “Healthcare product regulators have welcomed the introduction of the new free service, which helps to remove local objections to compliance costs, something that the European Commission and World Health Organisation had asked us to consider."
John Wilkinson, the Chair of the GMDN Agency’s Board of Trustees, said: “After consulting with the industry, the GMDN Agency Board made a challenging decision to introduce the new membership scheme earlier this year. We are very pleased that thousands more manufacturers are now realising the benefit of using the GMDN, which has firmly established itself as the global naming convention for medical devices."