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Awareness of Symbols
Symbols are an essential part in communication of information on labels of IVD Medical devices - you can find them in virtually all labels.
Well-designed symbols have the advantage of communicating information in a language independent manner, which can be easily understood by all users. For that reason symbols are often used to convey critical safety information on devices.
In order for symbols to be effective, they must be well known. To that effect the EDMA Labelling task force has prepared a number of documents which are useful in understanding symbols and their use.
The promotion of symbols across the globe simplifies the labelling of IVD devices. It is now widely recognised that symbols are an effective way of communicating critical information to users of devices. As well as in the EU, some symbols are accepted for use by the FDA and EDMA continues to strive for the wider acceptance of symbols by authorities and users of IVDs.