UDI Barcode Identifiers
It’s virtually impossible to pick up a product around you and not see a barcode on it or its packaging. Barcodes are used as electronic identifiers across the world. From consumer products to business machines to patient wristbands, barcodes are found everywhere, playing the role of an invaluable identifier in almost every aspect of our lives.
Linear and Matrix BarcodesThe most common and instantly recognizable type of barcode identifier is the linear, ‘one-dimensional’ barcode. This barcode type utilizes a simple amalgamation of lines and spaces of varying widths to create specific patterns. Barcodes are also available in ‘2D’ form, called ‘matrix code’ or simply ‘2D code’. Matrix barcodes can contain more data per unit area as compared to linear barcodes.
Barcode Identifier on UDI Labels
The Unique Device Identification (UDI) system being implemented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) utilizes linear barcodes. These barcode identifiers will be present on the UDI labels on medical devices, or directly on the devices if applicable.
The barcode identifiers on the UDI label will contain the following information about the medical device they’re imprinted on:
Batch or lot number
BenefitsBarcodes play a huge and hugely important role in point-of-sale management. The barcode identifiers provide detailed relevant information related to products, expediting decisions and transactions. For instance, barcode identifiers can be used to:
- Quickly identify and automatically reorder fast-moving goods
- Identify slow-selling products to prevent inventory build-up
- Monitor merchandising changes so there’s always space for the most profitable and fastest-moving products
- Predict seasonal variations based on data collected by barcodes