The Federal Drug Administration is proposing a new identification process for most medical devices distributed in the U.S., the agency announced Tuesday.
In 2007, Congress passed legislation directing the FDA to develop regulations for a unique device identifier.
The UDI would be a numeric or alphanumeric code and include a serial number, expiration date or lot or batch number.
Each identifier would also be specific to an individual product, the FDA said.
The agency said it is also developing a database to assist in identifying each UDI.
The FDA believes the UDI will help find problems with devices, track medical errors, provide a standardized global system and help manage product recalls.