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Embase facilitates medical device compliance and development

Search, find and manage medical device literature

With Embase, you can easily retrieve information from biomedical literature that is specific to medical devices. Medical device searches in Embase are comprehensive and relevant because of the extensive content coverage, granular indexing and device-specific terms to:

  • Ensure adequate coverage of devices and therapies in use in Europe

  • Identify relevant clinical trials and publications of user experience

  • Facilitate searches by device name and manufacturer

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Get information that helps you:

  • Comply with MDR and IVDR requirements regarding literature monitoring and evidence

  • Conduct post-market surveillance without missing important information

  • Prepare clinical evaluation reports for CE Marketing approval

  • Investigate reimbursement topics

Expanded and adapted for medical device manufacturers

Embase offers superior search results for medical devices from:

Trusted content

  • Depend on reputable sources, including 8,200 journals and 7,000 conferences

  • Bridge content gaps: Embase indexes more references to manufacturers than MEDLINE — some cannot be found in MEDLINE, too

High-quality indexing

  • Leverage Emtree’s 5,500 GMDN terms and 13,000 trade names from 4,000 manufacturers

  • Connect concepts with subheadings related to device comparison, device economics, adverse device events and more

User-friendly features

  • Use a dedicated search form to quickly create precise and high-recall queries for clinical evaluation and adverse events

  • Streamline surveillance and documentation with automated searches, alerts and auditable email logs

"One of the most amazing things about Embase is that the entire article is indexed for terms and product names. For medical devices, being able to locate information on a specific product is a huge plus."


Dawn McMillen

Library Resources Supervisor at Stryker Orthopedics

Medical device search options

Whether you’re in a clinical, regulatory, safety or quality role, Embase provides the flexibility to search for the type of information you need on the devices you want to develop or monitor.

Systematic reviews for clinical evaluation reports

Build comprehensive search strategies with the evidence-based method PICO (population, intervention, comparison and outcome).

Embase PICO search

Post-market surveillance

Construct high-recall, high-precision search strings that capture mentions of medical device adverse events in a timely manner.

Embase medical device search

Medical device regulations

The regulations are already tough — and getting tougher. Updated directives such as the European Commission’s MEDEV, MDR, and recent signals from the FDA mean closer scrutiny of clinical data. As a result, there are more stringent requirements to issue regular, accurate updates including Clinical Evaluation Reports, Post-Market Clinical Follow-Ups, and Period Safety Update Reports. If device manufacturers aren’t prepared to comply, they’ll face both legal and commercial consequences. Meet stringent regulations in effect, and to come, including stricter rules about clinical data and continuous clinical evaluations.

  • Use new device classifications and definitions

  • Assess safety performance

  • Characterize clinical benefits

Read about how Embase helps with the EU Medical Devices Regulation(opens in new tab/window) that changed in 2021. Embase makes your work easier by providing a quicker and more streamlined way to access medical literature. PICO-based searches enable you to source accurate data and to be constantly vigilant of all data relating to your product, including adverse events and competitive performance metrics.

"Subheadings in databases like Embase provide the most useful support for finding adverse events, but not every database has indexing or subheadings."


Su Golder

Research Fellow at University of York