ECRI Institute, USA developed UMDNS with the object of coding medical devices. UMDNS is updated annually, i.e. new terms can be added, obsolete terms may be deleted and existing terms may be modified.
For detailed information see the website of ECRI Institute.
The 1996 English-language version of UMDNS was translated into German. DIMDI published two versions. Version 1.0 contains the Preferred Terms, in version 1.1 synonyms are also included. Version 1.0 has been integrated into the web-based data input system of DIMDI as the official nomenclature for naming medical devices, excluding in vitro diagnostics, see Comprehensive information on UMDNS (German language).
The European Commission recommends that the UMDNS be used within the Regulatory Data Exchange System as an interim nomenclature until the Global Medical Device Nomenclature GMDN is available in the major languages of the EU.
For detailed information see the website of GMDN Agency.
The English GMDN has been developed by the European Standards body CEN under a project sponsored by the European Commission. GMDN is supposed to be translated into the major languages of EU-Member States.
Until a German translation of GMDN will be available UMDNS and EDMA classification are the official nomenclatures to be used in Germany. See the GMDN website for further information.