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#357: The State of UDI Across the World
Episode 3577th March 2024 • Global Medical Device Podcast powered by Greenlight Guru • Greenlight Guru + Medical Device Entrepreneurs
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In this episode of the Global Medical Device Podcast, host Etienne Nichols is joined by Gary Saner, a seasoned expert in medical device Unique Device Identification (UDI) and regulatory compliance. They embark on a comprehensive exploration of the ever-evolving landscape of UDI requirements, shedding light on crucial deadlines, common pitfalls, and strategic insights for achieving global compliance. From the intricacies of European UDI requirements to the specifics of implementing UDI systems in markets like Australia and beyond, this episode is a treasure trove of actionable insider knowledge for medical device professionals navigating the complexities of UDI compliance.


  • "UDI has this ongoing life connected to just doesn't seem to end. Once you do it, you're not done; you have to keep opening those books and making changes." - Gary Saner


Latest MedTech Trends:

  1. Increasing global adoption of UDI requirements signifies a move towards standardized device identification for enhanced patient safety.
  2. The push towards digital transformation in regulatory compliance highlights the industry's shift towards efficiency and data accuracy.
  3. The growing complexity of global UDI regulations challenges manufacturers to adopt flexible and scalable solutions for compliance.

Practical Tips for Listeners:

  1. Start early with your UDI compliance strategy to accommodate the evolving nature of global regulations.
  2. Engage with experts and consider leveraging technology solutions like ReTech for streamlined compliance processes.
  3. Stay informed about regulatory changes in key markets to ensure continuous compliance and market access.

Predicting Future Developments:

  1. Will AI and machine learning play a more significant role in automating UDI compliance processes?
  2. How will the expansion of UDI requirements into emerging markets affect global medical device distribution?
  3. Can we expect a universal standard for UDI compliance to emerge, simplifying global regulatory landscapes?


Beginner's Section: MedTech 101

For new listeners, UDI (Unique Device Identification) is a system used by regulatory authorities to identify and track medical devices through their distribution and use. It's a crucial component of medical device regulation, ensuring the safety, efficacy, and traceability of devices.

Questions for the Audience:

  • Poll: "What do you believe is the biggest challenge in achieving global UDI compliance?"
  • Discussion Question: "How do you foresee the advancements in MedTech impacting healthcare delivery in the next decade?"

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