Progression of Rating
ODEP is entirely voluntary for manufacturers. Once a manufacturer has elected to enter their product for assessment with a view to obtaining ODEP benchmark, they are committed to staying in the process until:
Their submission is REJECTED
for one reason or another.
They fail to apply for the next benchmark when they would normally progress to a higher level LAPSED RATING.
The Manufacturer withdraws the implant from the market WITHDRAWN.
They can enter their implant into the ODEP process at any level provided they have the data to support the submission. Most implants enter at the pre-entry stage and then progress through the benchmarks in a timely manner.
ODEP will only list a product with one benchmark and it should be the highest that the implant can command.