In vitro diagnostics (IVDs) test a sample of tissue or bodily fluid in an effort to diagnose a disease or condition. Effectively used, IVDs help to reduce hospital stays, support patients to look after their own health and release resources for use elsewhere in the NHS, resulting in a healthier population and stronger economic growth.

BREXIT Contingency Planning Enquiries

Following the successful second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (WAB) prior to Christmas, the Government has confirmed its intention to stand down planning for a no-deal Brexit on 31 January 2020 with immediate effect. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will therefore also stand down its no-deal contingency planning: this will be formalised in a letter to be sent during the week commencing 20 January 2020 (this will be circulated to members). The UK will enter an Implementation Period following departure from the EU at 11PM on 31 January 2020, lasting until 31 December 2020. During this time, existing regulatory and customs procedures will remain in place.


Over the next four months, the Centralised Stock Build will be managed down and related engagement with industry has already begun. The National Supply Disruption Response function has also been stood down and supply issues or shortages should be reported through business-as-usual channels. DHSC are engaging with suppliers on a one-to-one basis over the course of this week and next week: these efforts will be repeated in February. If you do have any questions, please get in touch with


No deal Brexit: briefing and webinars for the IVD sector

As part of the Government’s no deal planning preparations, we have been asked to digest official advice to draw together the relevant sections for the IVD sector. The first part of this work is a briefing which we have developed, with the support of Incisive Health, which sets out details on the following areas of no-deal planning:

  • Regulations of IVDs
  • Preparing your business
  • Public sector procurement
  • Changes to customs authorisation
  • Intellectual property
  • Trademarks and designs
  • Horizon 2020 funding
  • Employing EU citizens
  • Using personal data

Webinar recordings and Q&A document

Many thanks to everyone who participated in one of our two Brexit Business Readiness webinars. If you were unable to join or would like to revisit one of the two sessions, you can find the recordings here. You can also find a Q&A document, created taking into account points raised and discussed during the webinars and if you did take part, please take the time to fill out this short survey



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27 February - Near Patient Testing Working Party

5 March - Procurement Working Party

6 March - Digital Working Party

12 March - BIVDA AGM

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