Harmonizing Medical Device Package Labeling Across Markets
Common Symbols and What They Mean
A picture is worth a thousand words. This is especially true in the Medical Device Packaging and Labeling industry. Symbols are an important tool to harmonize medical device packaging labels across markets worldwide, save valuable space while sharing important information and guidelines, and save in translating costs. In order to minimize misinterpretation across markets, symbols have standards in different regions. This graphic shows some of the most common symbols under ISO 15223 and EN 980.
There are seven main symbol categories- Manufacturer Symbols, Storage Symbols, Safe Use Symbols, Sterility Symbols, IVD Specific Symbols, Transfusion Symbols and Others.
This category includes any symbol with the product’s manufacturing. It can include when it was made, where, and any product identification data, fall into this category.
When storing medical devices, elements such as temperature, humidly, and exposure must be considered. These symbols are extremely important to maintain the integrity of the device.
Safe Use Symbols
Safe use symbols are warnings to reduce risk to the users. These symbols can significantly reduce the risk associated with many medical devices.
Sterility Symbols category
Sterility symbols communicate important information pertaining to the sterile conditions of the product. This could mean how they were sterilized, or warning about conditional use.
IVD symbols are specifically used on in vitro diagnostic devices and communicate information germane to those product types.
Used on devices that are involved in the transporting of fluids from one place to another.
The patient number is the only symbol that falls into the other category.
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