Recall of CELL-DYN Emerald 22

According to New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, this recall involved a device in New Zealand that was produced by Abbott Laboratories.

What is this?

A correction or removal action taken by a manufacturer to address a problem with a medical device. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

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  • Type of Event
  • Event ID
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    Data from New Zealand is current through July 2018. All of the data comes from the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, except for the categories Manufacturer Parent Company and Product Classification.
    The Parent Company and the Product Classification were added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records. The device classification information comes from FDA’s Product Classification by Review Panel, based on matches of recall data from the U.S. and New Zealand.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Recalling Organisation: Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd (NZ), Abbott Laboratories NZ, 4 Pacific Rise, Mt Wellington, Auckland 1060
  • Reason
    Abbott haematology has identified the following issue with the cell-dyn emerald 22 analyzer application software v3.0.0 when the iuo (information use only) reporting option is disabled:, · for the printout of the levey-jennings (l-j) graphs, the wbc subpopulation differential labels do not match the l-j graphs. the labels are displayed in the following order: lym%, mon%, neu%, eos% and bas%, instead of neu%, lym%, mon%, eos%, and bas%. the graphs themselves are in the order of neu%, lym%, mon%, eos%, and bas%., the on-screen results as well as on-screen graphs are correct., all printed qc raw data results are correct.
  • Action
    Software to be upgraded


  • Model / Serial
    Model: , Affected: Serial Numbers: All instrument with serial numbers below 000700
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “We are in constant communication with regulatory agencies and competent authorities worldwide which allows us to implement global recalls or in-country communication quickly and effectively,” Abbott, which now owns St. Jude Medical told ICIJ in a statement. In addition to sending global notices to physicians worldwide, we also make sure that product advisories are available online and classification of product recalls and product advisories are determined by global regulatory bodies which can impact the timing in any given country. MD companies follow varying regulations in different countries. In come countries software is not regulated so a recall in one country related to software would not be classified as a recall or field action in another. In addition, review cycles within the regulatory process can be different in each country which can impact communication and recall timing.
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