The role of the GMDN Agency

Since 1991 medical device experts from around the world have worked together to create the Global Medical Device Nomenclature (GMDN). This work was requested by the inter-governmental body, the Global Harmonisation Task Force (GHTF) to help accelerate internation medical device regulatory harmonisation and convergence. The GHTF has now been superseded by the IMDRF.

The GMDN Agency is a registered UK charity and non-profit organisation responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the GMDN database. Our latest annual report is available from the Charities Commission website.

GMDN has been established in line with WHO requirements for medical devices (WHO EB148/13).

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The Agency’s objects are:

To preserve and protect health and to relieve sickness for the public benefit by developing and maintaining the “Global Medical Device Nomenclature”, a system of internationally agreed descriptors used to identify medical device products which will meet a global need for identification purposes.

Read more about our vision and objective in our strategy.