Following the lead of the United States, the European Union, China and other countries, Singapore is establishing a Unique Device Identification system for medical devices. The system is scheduled to be required first on high-risk implantable devices beginning in 2022, and on medium-risk devices thereafter. Devices deemed low risk will not be required to have a UDI code.
When the system is fully instituted, all eligible devices distributed and used in the country will include a unique numeric or alphanumeric code and will be included in a government-maintained registry to improve device traceability and supply chain efficiency.
Where employed, UDI systems have been shown to reduce medical errors, simplify the integration of device use information into data systems, and permit more rapid identification and resolution of problems and adverse events associated with medical devices.