News, Policy & Media

May 28, 2020
The Government announced the start of the new NHS Test and Trace programme yesterday. It comes as Ministers ramp up their coronavirus tracking efforts in the community and in advance of the phased reopening of businesses and workplaces. As part of the system, anyone with coronavirus symptoms will undergo testing and have their recent contacts traced. Those they have been in close contact with a virus-positive individual will be notified by phone-call to self-isolate for 14 days, e...
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May 22, 2020
The trial of a new, rapid coronavirus test will begin in Hampshire. The new test, which has been proven effective in clinical settings, does not need to be sent to a laboratory to be processed and can return results within 20 minutes. The test will be rolled out to a number of A&E departments without access to laboratories, GP coronavirus testing hubs and care homes across Hampshire. Receiving results on site will mean people with symptoms will be given immediate certainty as ...
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May 14, 2020
The Government has announced two new members who will join the Coronavirus Test and Trace Programme chaired by Baroness Harding. Tom Riordan and Sarah-Jane Marsh are to expand the figureheads of this new initiative to roll out virus testing and tracing efforts across the UK later this month. As part of the programme, the NHSX-developed phone app will become a key part. It has been launched on the Isle of Wight to have its functionality, security and efficacy examined. Increased testing capacity ...
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May 12, 2020
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has released advice and guidelines for companies on how to return to return to work safely and resume activity after lockdown measures are eased. The guidance also provides a section specifically for labs and research facilities. This comes as the Prime Minister set out a roadmap on how public services and certain categories of business will resume operations. Developed in consultation with 250 stakeholders, it provides an extra ...
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May 06, 2020
The NHS contact-tracing app is now available to residents on the Isle of Wight as part of the new Test, Track and Trace programme against the virus. The app has been developed to monitor the spread of coronavirus in the UK population and help move safely towards easing lockdown restrictions. Since Tuesday, NHS staff have had access to download the app with the rest of the island’s population able access it on their devices as of today. The Isle of Wight was selected for the app’s fir...
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Apr 20, 2020
As part of the Government’s Coronavirus National Testing Programme, the Department of Health and Social Care has issued guidance expanding capacity for testing to frontline workers who are having to self-isolate due to having coronavirus like symptoms or because a member of their household has symptoms. Government departments, national agencies and local resilience forums now have discretion to refer other critical workers in their area for testing as determined by local need and available...
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Apr 14, 2020
The slides from the IVD industry testing webinar co-organised with BIVDA and hosted the Government can be found attached at this page. If members have any questions please contact Doris-Ann, or fill in the survey detailed in the slides.
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Apr 09, 2020
Please see below a Dear Colleague letter from the Office of Life Sciences Dear colleague, There is a call for industry feedback on whether companies are already seeing or otherwise anticipate risks to sales, purchasers and/or financing from a withdrawal or reduction of trade credit insurance coverage. One of our BEIS colleagues is helping the Business Growth team to get more evidence and is exploring this issue, as it has been a big issue in previous recessions and the CBI has reported...
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Mar 30, 2020
NICE has published the set of Board papers for its next regular meeting.General Update Points: The NICE Senior Management Team has reviewed the impact of Coronavirus on the health care system and its treatment capacities. Three short guidelines are being produced per week on treatment within certain healthcare settings. From 20 March, the NICE office is working from home, arrangements are to be reviewed on 25 March by a special Coronavirus Response Group and the Senior Management Team. The com...
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Mar 25, 2020
Information for suppliers COVID-19 tests – information for suppliers  If you have a test that could be used immediately (not necessarily CE marked but at the point where it is or could be manufactured at scale) then please use this procedure: There is a formal process for identification of diagnostic tests for COVID, as outlined below:Public Health England (PHE) are leading a rapid review of all available COVID-19 testing equipment to accelerate the adoption of new PCR ...
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