Product classification is an important part of ensuring that the IVD industry runs effectively, particularly in multiple markets. A classification scheme assigns a specific code to each product type or class, allowing the rapid identification of the product without any need for local language translation. In fact, the specific name of the product is not required.
MedTech Europe has created a specific classification scheme for IVDs, the Global IVD (GIVD) classification (previously known as EDMS classification). It is a numerical coding system, which has been developed for the purpose to support the collection and analysis of market statistics. With market statistics programmes expanding beyond Europe, the classification has now become global in its scope. For the MIS and the GDMS, the IVD companies report their sales according to the GIVD classification. The GIVD classification is updated on a yearly basis according to market needs and changes.
The latest version of the GIVD classification can be found here below.