About IFUs and medical devices

Published on 27/03/2023

Professional translation services provide high quality translations of documents or materials from one language into another. They are used when the level of accuracy is higher than the one required for an everyday translation. A good example of these are instructions for use documents, known as IFUs. This is a type of document provided with medical devices that contains detailed instructions on how to use the product safely and effectively. Medical devices are of considerable importance, as this category includes products used in health care and medical care, such as medical equipment, diagnostic devices and medicines.

It is important that translations of IFUs and other materials related to medical devices are accurate and of high quality, as these documents provide important information on how to use the product safely and effectively, as we are well aware at AbroadLink. Professional translation services can help ensure that this information is provided clearly and accurately in all necessary languages. Especially for a product such as the one we are referring to.

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  1. Why should we trust a translation company in the healthcare field?
  2. Is there any other reason?

1. Why should we trust a translation company in the healthcare field?

Instructions for use of medicines should be translated so that they can be understood by people who do not speak the language in which they are originally written. Many people around the world take medicines, and it is important that they understand how they should be taken safely and effectively, regardless of the original language. For this purpose, translations must be made into most languages. The most important of these are English, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese.

IFUs include important information on how to take the medicine, possible side effects and contraindications, and any other information relevant to the proper use of the medicine. If IFUs are not available in a certain language, it is likely that people who speak that language will not understand how to take the medicine properly. As a result, the risk of adverse reactions or ineffectiveness of the medicine may increase.

2. Is there any other reason?

Aware of the doubts that this field generates, we have selected below some critical points that may help you understand the importance of the field we are referring to. Remember that, in case of doubt, it is always advisable to act with a team of specialists who can offer personalised advice in any circumstance.

  • Regulation: Many medical devices are subject to specific regulations and labelling requirements in different countries. It is important that translations of IFUs and other materials meet these requirements to ensure that the products are used safely and effectively.
  •  Understanding the product: The instructions for use provide detailed information on the functioning and proper use of the product. If this information is not available in the user’s language, they may not fully understand how the product works and how to use it properly.
  • Marketing: Medical devices are sold all over the world and it is important that instructions for use and other materials are available in the languages spoken on the markets where they are sold. This can help attract more customers and increase sales.
  • User experience: Translation of instructions for use and other materials may enhance the user's experience when using the product. If a user understands how to use the product properly, they are more likely to have a positive experience and use the product more effectively, and therefore the company will have a better chance of being able to build customer loyalty more effectively.

As we have seen, professional translation in the healthcare field has a big impact in many different areas. From regulation to marketing. From the understanding of the product itself to the experience we are able to offer our customers. Only through a specialised translation agency, such as ours, will you get everything you need in terms of understanding and market penetration.

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Virginia Pacheco

Blog writer and Community Manager interested in multiculturality and linguistic diversity. From her native Venuzuela, she has travelled and lived for many years in France, Germany, Cameroon and Spain, passing on her passion for writing and her intercultural experiences.

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