Welcome to The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association

BIVDA is the UK's leading IVD industry association, representing 97% of the industry

Welcome to The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association

Who we are

Uniting IVD Innovators,
Powering UK Health

Shaping the Future of Diagnostics 

BIVDA is the national industry association for manufacturers and distributors of medical diagnostic tests in the UK, representing 97% of the industry and nearly 250 organisations.

We advocate on behalf of industry to ensure that medical diagnostics can play a part not only in the diagnosis of conditions, but in prevention and treatment of disease. Diagnostic tests perform a critical role, now more than ever, in all NHS services (the NHS conducts on average 1.5 billion diagnostic tests each year) and are key to tackling the post-COVID UK healthcare challenges.

BIVDA works to support members

Economically, diagnostic test manufacturers make a valuable direct contribution to the UK economy, employing more than 20,000 people and generating annual turnover of approximately £3.5 billion. There is significant room for growth in the sector – despite diagnostics being involved in 70% of clinical decisions, spend on diagnostic tests is just 2% of global healthcare funding.

Manufacturers constitute one of the most innovative industries within the UK Life Sciences sector, evidenced by the industry's central role in the COVID-19 pandemic response.

BIVDA works to support members and the wider diagnostic landscape to drive better outcomes for patients and reduce health inequalities


In vitro diagnostics is the largest category in the global medical technology market with annual sales of £41bn in 2017.


Diagnostic tests are used in 70% of clinical decisions.


Diagnostics activities are part of 85% of NHS clinical pathways.


The NHS spends £6 billion each year on over 100 diagnostic services.


The UK diagnostic test industry supplies over £1.4 billion of tests to the NHS each year, a 45% increase since 2014.

Diagnostic tests are a key enabler in the fight against anti-microbial resistance, a strategic priority for the NHS.

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