This guidance describes the Agency’s policy regarding the prohibition against providing National Health Related Item Code (NHRIC) or National Drug Code (NDC) numbers on device labels and device packages set forth at 21 CFR 801.57(a)-(b). As described below, FDA does not intend to object to the use of legacy FDA identification numbers on device labels and packages for finished devices manufactured and labeled prior to September 24, 2023. In addition, this guidance addresses requests for continued use of FDA labeler codes under a system for the issuance of unique device identifiers (UDIs).


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