FDA extends UDI compliance date for most contact lenses

September 9, 2014

The deadline for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule has been extended for an additional year for some medical device manufacturers.

The deadline for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule has been extended for an additional year for some medical device manufacturers.

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The rule is intended to allow regulators to exercise greater oversight over the medical device industry. It aims to reduce medical errors and allow the FDA, healthcare community, and the industry to review and assess adverse event reports more rapidly and correct any complications. Devices that will be marked with a UDI system will feature a device identifier that corresponds with the type of device and its manufacturer, and a production identifier that states its lot, batch, serial number, expiration date, date of manufacture, and any other relevant information.

Class III medical devices, including contact lenses and intraocular lenses, had until September 2014 to comply with the rule. But the FDA recently announced that contact lens and intraocular lens labelers would have until September 2015 to label the products in accordance with the UDI rule’s direct marketing requirements.

According to the FDA, the delay was due to the likelihood of an “extremely large number of data submissions to the Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID).”