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National Association of Medical Device Representatives
Legislative Goal & Mission

NAMDR Legislative Goal

In the interest of patient safety, the National Association of Medical Device Representatives (NAMDR) promotes a policy that would require healthcare facilities to employ only individuals who satisfy baseline educational requirements and possess the MDR™ credentials with a 

MDR-NUID™ (PATENT PENDING). NAMDR's government affairs department formulates a legislative/regulatory strategy for educating state-elected officials on the critical role of Medical Device Representatives (MDR).

NAMDR Legislative Mission

NAMDR advocates to pass state laws that, in order to be hired to practice surgical technology, the candidate must:

(1) graduate from a NB-MDR accredited program; 

(2) obtain the Certified Medical Device Representative  (MDR®) credential from the National Board of Medical Device Representatives (NB-MDR); and

(3) maintain the MDR® credential by completing mandatory continuing education (CE) hours.

These requirements would apply to new-hires employed on or after the effective date of the legislation. Federal employees are exempt from the state law.


In addition, hospitals and ASCs generally have requirements for personnel demonstrating current competence. Hospitals and ASCs would expose themselves to considerable liability by allowing untrained personnel to perform the functions of a Medical Device Representative. Hospital and ASCs bylaws and policies and procedures provide credentialing requirements and oversight regarding who can provide Medical Device Representatives services in their facilities. The exposure to liability that hospitals face for surgical errors or hospital-acquired infections resulting from insufficiently trained personnel performing tasks is incentive for hospitals and ASCs to ensure their staff has demonstrated current competence.


Please contact the facility’s risk manager if you have questions regarding the procedures and functions surgical technologists are allowed to perform at that facility.

The National Association of Medical Device Representatives provides this information on an educational and informational basis and does not offer legal advice. NAMDR recommends that individuals or healthcare facilities consult with their attorneys for answers to legal questions. This information should not be considered complete or exhaustive and may not reflect the most current information. As a result, NAMDR does not represent this information as complete, accurate, and up-to-date.

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