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Jul 07, 2020
The Abingdon Health-led UK Rapid Test Consortium has reached a ‘design freeze’ for its proposed antibody test model after ten weeks of work. The group is composed of UK scientists and manufacturers who have been working since April to respond to the Department of Health and Social Care’s call for antibody test procurement. Professor John Bell, Regius Professor of medicine at Oxford University, asked Abingdon Health to work with experts at Oxford to begin the development process...
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Jul 01, 2020
As part of its ‘Delivering Core NHS and Care Services during the Pandemic and Beyond’ inquiry, the Health and Social Care Select Committee held an oral evidence session this week. A range of topics were covered at the event, including testing and PPE, resumption of elective care, diagnostics and mental health. Sir Simon Stevens of NHS England was present as a witness and made a series of points regarding the ways the NHS could expand its diagnostic capacity. This expansion is especia...
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Jun 22, 2020
The Faculty for Pharmaceutical Medicine has prepared a text on understanding the science and current approaches surrounding COVID-19 diagnostic testing. The piece is authored by Robert L Holland FFPM and John Bagshaw, Interim Chief Operating Officer of the BIVDA. As part of its contents, the piece addresses the purposes of testing, the science behind diagnostic methodologies and any limitations of certain approaches.
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Jun 17, 2020
As part of the Welsh strategy of NHS Test and Trace, there will be a dedicated COVID-19 testing laboratory established in Cardiff. This is due to a collaboration between Public Health Wales and diagnostics company PerkinElmer. The University Hospital of Wales will be the new site for these testing efforts which will bolster the country’s capacity to deliver prompt testing services which form the basis of effective Test and Trace practice. Life Sciences Hub Wales issued a call-to-action amo...
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Jun 12, 2020
Please see attached the latest bulletin from the Office for Life Sciences.
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Jun 09, 2020
Advances have been made in the progression of the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill through Parliament as yesterday the Public Bill Committee met to discuss the Bill as well as amendments put forward by opposition Committee members. The topics discussed were human and veterinary medicines alongside the beginnings of discussions on the medical devices sections included in the legislation. Labour committee members stated their support for the Bill in light of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU...
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Jun 09, 2020
New guidance on COVID-19 testingNHS England know there have been a number of questions from industry regarding the approvals, validation and procurement approach for new viral detection and antibody tests. They have published new guidance on the process here.
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May 29, 2020
During a session of the Commons Liaison Committee on the Government’s handling of coronavirus pandemic, MPs heard from Prime Minister Boris Johnson. A summary of the relevant sections discussing public health and testing are below.  The Prime Minister refused to give a firm date for meeting a 24 hour turnaround target for tests, and blamed delays on operational issues in labs with processing the tests quickly enough.  Summary- Public health messaging Conservative Welsh ...
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May 21, 2020
Social care staff and NHS workers will be offered antibody testing from next week, the Government is due to announce. The roll-out will provide a clearer picture on coronavirus transmission within the health sector and should ease anxiety experienced by those battling the virus on the frontline. This comes as Public Health England has approved the use of antibody tests from Roche, Abbott and Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics after validation procedures. Priority will be given to those working most clos...
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May 19, 2020
The Government has released the new MFN tariff regime for the UK, the UK Global Tariff (UKGT) regime. It will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on the end-date of the Transition Period, 1 January 2021. 6,000 tariff lines will be streamlined and simplified by the Government, in an effort to facilitate easier and cheaper goods imports, reduce cost pressures and support UK industry to trade and compete on the global stage. In comparison with the EU Common External Tariff (EU CET), the G...
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