Embase supports medical device development and post-market surveillance

Information found in the biomedical literature strengthens every stage of the medical device life cycle, from concept and design through clinical trials to release and reimbursement. Regulatory authorities require medical device companies to screen the biomedical literature during the approval process and for post-market surveillance. Embase includes unique medical device information and indexing, making it an indispensable resource.

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Information found in the biomedical literature strengthens every stage of the medical device life cycle. - Embase


  • Comprehensive and up-to-date information, with over 37 million records from more than 8,100 journals and 11,500 conferences
  • The Embase thesaurus, Emtree, includes over 5,500 medical device terms
  • A dedicated medical device search form and device subheadings that show relationships to related terms (e.g., adverse device events, device comparison, device economics)
  • PICO (Patient/Population/Problem, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) search function for faster reporting, while satisfying the regulatory guidelines for objective, non-biased, systematic search and review
  • Indexing of device trade names and, manufacturer names
  • Device Search Form to facilitate vastly quicker creation of the complex search strings needed for high-recall, high-precision searches focused on the clinical evaluation and adverse events
  • Search automation and alerting features to ensure that all newly published information is quickly captured and no adverse event is missed

Learn how to relieve regulatory pressure with Embase

Embase supports medical device development and post-market surveillance

Embase Fact Sheet

How Device Search Form works?

This release note shows how the new search form works.

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Stay Compliant with regulatory requirements

Based on analyses of MDR 2017/745, we have identified the six major areas where scientific literature and systematic reviews can help to accelerate CER creation process. See how Embase supports the systematic literature reviews critical for CER.

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The Test to Target a Drug

A companion diagnostic can make or break the market entry of a precision medicine. See how Embase supports medical device development and post-market surveillance.

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Customer Testimonials

I have an alert compiled to send me the newest product-related articles at the beginning of each month. This email helps me to be aware of potential hot topic requests.
Embase is an essential resource for post-market monitoring of medical devices—I can't imagine doing that kind of safety monitoring without it.

Dawn McMillen, library resources supervisor at Stryker Orthopedics

Dr. Su Golder, research fellow at University of York

Learn How Elsevier supports post-market surveillance of medical devices

Get the whole story on how Elsevier helps pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers stay compliant with regulatory requirements for adverse event reporting

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