What is GMDN

The Global Medical Device Nomenclature (GMDN) is a list of generic names used to identify all medical device products. Such products include those used in the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of disease or injury in humans.

The main purpose of the GMDN is to provide health authorities and regulators, health care providers, manufacturers and others with a naming system that can be used to exchange medical device information and support patient safety.

The GMDN is used for:

The GMDN is recommended by the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) and is now used by over 70 national medical device regulators to support their activity. The GMDN is managed by the GMDN Agency, a registered charity, which has a Board of Trustees, which represent regulators and industry.

The GMDN is updated by member change requests. New and updated GMDN terms are published on the member website, the GMDN Database. Information in the form of a 5 digit numeric GMDN Code is cross-referenced to a precisely defined Term Name and Definition, as seen in this example:

Access to the GMDN Database is priced according to organization size. Users can register for access, apply for term changes and pay on-line. For more information see Membership.

Hear about how Renata, Mike and Hamid use the GMDN, in our explainer video.