The FDA issued the following email to UDI and GUDID Email Subscribers on 12/17/2013:
FDA has accredited GS1 as an issuing agency for the issuance of Unique Device Identifiers (UDIs). FDA may accredit other issuing agencies in the future. FDA will only accept UDIs that are issued under a system operated by an FDA-accredited issuing agency. Please check the UDI website at: http://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/deviceregulationandguidance/uniquedeviceidentification/default.htm#agencies for a list of FDA-accredited issuing agencies.
Good work GS-1. Follow the links in the text above for the details and to learn more. Click the Unique Identifier label beneath this post to get background on the decision.