IDC (Industrial Design Consultancy Ltd) is a medical device design and development company with offices in the UK and China and partnerships with manufacturers around the world. Some of the world's leading medical companies choose IDC because we deliver results. A recent analysis of client projects showed that 91% of our work went on to become successful products in the market – a record few in our industry could match. With over 45 years experience and hundreds of successful medical device developments, we can take you through the process of getting a medical device designed, manufactured and approved in the most reliable and efficient way. Our London and Shanghai facilities are certified to ISO13485 meaning we can guide you through the approvals process for European CE (MDR), US FDA and China NMPA registration. We can also manufacture devices on behalf of our customers.

Our mission is simple. We innovate to create successful products which improve people's lives. We are able to do this by taking some of the brightest and most highly motivated industrial designers and mechanical, electronics and software engineers and getting them solving your problems using our unique design and development process. Our four stage process covers everything from user research and human factors, through design, engineering and prototyping to production, verification testing and market approval. Patents and IP are an increasingly important part of medical product development, with certain device areas having huge numbers of patents which need to be avoided. IDC has wide experience of avoiding competitor IP and obtaining patents for the innovative new products we develop for our clients. In choosing to work with IDC you’ll be investing in a trustworthy partner who will ensure you not only get an innovative new product but you also get high quality, cost effective and reliable production delivered on time and on budget.

Key Services

What our clients say about us


IDC led a professional, well coordinated and clear development programme. The overall completed design achieved our desired goals and the product remains one of the most innovative 'all in one' video laryngoscopes available.

Adrian Waterton |  Venner Medical

Our investment in IDC has been paid back many times over and we were delighted with their work. Not only was it a design for the future, but they produced it in a very timely and cost effective manner, and guided us through the process to ensure we avoided any pitfalls during manufacturing.

Chris Challis |  AL Chalis

Targeted research IP generation

Targeted research
IP generation

A focus on experimentation and our proven IP development process gains technical advantage and delivers patent protected innovation for our clients.

IP development
Expertise in drug delivery

Expertise in
drug delivery

Our experience developing devices for the delivery of pharmaceuticals includes: injection pens, inhalers, nasal and oral devices, as well as infusion pumps.

Drug delivery
Designing to enhance health & wellbeing

Designing to enhance
health & wellbeing

We work across a range of medical devices targeted at the health and wellness sector.

Health & wellbeing
Surgical devices safe and effective

Surgical devices
safe and effective

Developing medical devices for use in surgery requires a strong focus on ergonomics and ease of use. Sterility, cleaning and cost are also critical.

Surgical equipment
Medical electronics enabling technology

Medical electronics
enabling technology

Our experience spans a wide range of electronic medical devices including monitors, scopes, pumps and rehabilitation devices. Validating safe performance is a core focus.

Medical electronics
Orthopaedic design supporting recovery

Orthopaedic design
supporting recovery

Development of orthopaedic devices needs the highest level design, engineering analysis and material selection.

Laboratory & diagnostic equipment

Laboratory &
diagnostic equipment

New and exciting technologies to identify chemicals, process samples and identify diseases only get adopted when they are available as user-friendly, reliable and cost competitive products. Our development process takes technology from research to reality.

Diagnostic & lab