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.




Clearly in vitro diagnostic tests are a critical part of the management of this outbreak of COVID-19 and the IVD industry will be supporting the UK public health authorities and the NHS to ensure there is appropriate testing for our population. Links to advice for businesses and individuals can be found at the website here and are regularly updated as soon as information is available.

Register for COVID-19 testing for key workers here. 

Members can find supporting materials for key workers going about their duties here.


Members can find key information from the MHRA about placing testing kits for COVID_19 on the market here.


Further information for suppliers or potential suppliers can be found here.


Details of the NHS's pandemic preparedness programme can be found here. 




Update from DHSC on border and supply plans for after the Transition Period

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has circulated a letter from Chief Commercial Office Steve Oldfield that outlines the plans and preparations for border arrangements and supplies after the Transition Period.

The letter advises that, over the coming months, traders may be contacted by HMRC as part of its campaign to support and assist trader readiness in anticipation of the change to customs and border procedures on 1 January 2021. 


Information published on additional funding available to customs intermediaries and traders that make their own customs declarations can be found here. There is also a dedicated site on this topic that can be found here.


Brexit Communications

BIVDA will be resuming Brexit activity by sending out a members Wednesday Brexit news update via email. We will also be hosting a series of webinars on the topic in the coming period to discuss relevant policy developments, supplier regulations and to judge if any specific areas need to be addressed by Government in future. 


Please see previous BIVDA work on Brexit which may be of use to members below:

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.

Latest issue of vIViD is available for download by members

Issue 30 of vIViD, the magazine for members, is now available for download on the BIVDA site. Please click here to access the virtual copy.

This edition includes a special piece by Lord Bethell on the IVD sector, the future of our industry and the COVID-19 crisis. 

Issue 30 also introduces the newest member companies that have joined BIVDA and provides a recap on BIVDA's and the working parties' recent activity.


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Latest Report

Near Patient Testing - The Value Story - The report highlights the value of near patient testing in the delivery of care to patients, allowing timely diagnosis at the bedside, in general practice, or in the community, and provides insight into the major role it can play in redesigning services around the needs of the patient.              Download Here

BIVDA meeting dates

3 December - BIVDA Procurement Working Party.

11 December - BIVDA Regulatory Affairs Working Party





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