The GMDN Agency has a team of technical experts who create descriptions for medical devices. They follow a process to ensure the language used is clear and consistent.

New products need to be added to the existing set of descriptions in a way that prevents duplication of Terms. If a product is truly unique, it is straightforward to add a new Term. If a new product is a variant of an existing product, an amendment may be allowed, but only if the scope of the Term is not reduced.

Occasionally, the GMDN Agency may need to review Terms to ensure they are up to date with current technology. If a Term is no longer relevant, it may be made obsolete. Obsolete Terms remain available for reference purposes.

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