|Journal||The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery|
|Authors||Sedrakyan, Art; Paxton, Elizabeth; Graves, Stephen; Love, Rebecca; Marinac-Dabic, Danica|
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Nearly every American will be exposed to a medical device during his or her life, and tens of millions of people will be treated with an implantable device. However, regulatory and public health systems in the United States and internationally have critical gaps. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a national medical device postmarket surveillance plan, in which the agency identifies as a main priority the goal of promoting the development of national and international medical device registries for selected products. Another top priority of the FDA is the creation of a unique device identification (UDI) system for medical devices in response to a 2007 federal law.