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Jul 27, 2021
A new £53 million fund has been announced by the Government for UK manufacturing to boost their competitiveness by using digital technology. Projects to improve supply chains and new research centres are among the recipients of the investment and support. Investment Minister Lord Grimstone announced the new drive, which is to be awarded through the Made Smarter programme. Made Smarter is a collaboration between the Government and industry to “support the development and increase use ...
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Jul 20, 2021
Health and care staff working on the frontline during the pandemic will be permitted to attend work rather than self-isolate with testing mitigations in exceptional circumstances under newly updated guidance. From this week., double vaccinated frontline NHS and social care staff will be allowed to work only after having a negative PCR test and also taking daily negative lateral flow tests for a minimum of seven days, and up to 10 days or completion of the identified self-isolation period.This me...
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Jul 13, 2021
A new ‘mega-lab’ facility has been opened in Leamington Spa, England that will significantly expand the UK’s testing and genomic sequencing capacity for COVID-19. The new laboratory site is 225,000 square-feet and will be a key centre for processing COVID-19 tests and sequencing to protect the United Kingdom from variants of concern such as the Delta and Delta Plus strains of the virus. The laboratory is named the Rosalind Franklin Laboratory – a title to honour a scienti...
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Jul 07, 2021
A new plan has been released which aims to make the United Kingdom a global leader in the innovation-focussed digital space. The government’s Plan for Digital Regulation aims to reduce red tape and cut down on cumbersome and confusing policy so businesses are freed to reflect on new ideas, grow their firms and create new jobs. Three guiding principles policymakers must follow are set out by the plan; actively promoting innovation, achieving ‘forward-looking and coherent outcomes&rsqu...
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Jul 02, 2021
 Sustainability is a key issue of operational transformation the IVD sector must take heed of in light of the NHS Net Zero requirements, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the duty we share to conserve the environment. BIVDA will empower and facilitate member companies on their journey towards enhanced sustainability.  The launch of the BIVDA-funded Sustainability Training Programme offer to members takes place next Thursday 8th July! A dedicated web-page will include the progra...
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Jun 30, 2021
According to internal documents seen by the Health Service Journal, NHS England is planning to identify health systems in need of “extensive” support to consolidate their procurement functions. These systems must upgrade their procurement functions to meet new operating standards. Local NHS procurement teams are now in the early stages of changing how they buy non-NHS goods and services, which value around £17 billion each year towards a more system-level working approach. The ...
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Jun 15, 2021
The United Kingdom has signed a new trade deal with Australia, the first deal to be built from scratch since the UK left the European Union. The new deal will see cheaper sales being made in future on UK products to Australia, such as Scotch whisky biscuits and cars. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison are said to have reached an agreement on the deal’s broad terms during a dinner held on Monday. Boris Johnson said in a statement: "Our new free t...
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Jun 09, 2021
As part of Operation Pangea, over 3 million illegally traded medicines and medical devices have been seized as part of a global crackdown. The products were valued at over £9 million. Operation Pangea was originally instigated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), it is also coordinated by INTERPOL. Operation Pangea is a well-established international effort to disrupt the online sale of counterfeit and illicit health products. Just as importantly, Pangea works...
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May 27, 2021
£30 million is to be invested in postgraduate training courses for doctors, to ensure the NHS has access to skills necessary in managing the patient care backlog from the pandemic. Many postgraduate trainees have postponed their study in order to work on the frontline. This funding will be manifested in a tailored approach, based on the individual needs of trainees, including one-to-one training conversations and recovery plans. As many as 123,800 doctors and over 303,000 nurses are now wo...
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May 19, 2021
The Government is preparing to launch trade agreement negotiations with Canada and Mexico in the latest phase of post-Brexit consolidation of global trade relationships. A call for input is being put out to UK businesses and the public ahead of the talks formally starting. Consultation with a wide variety of trading stakeholders, citizens and industry bodies will allow for the UK to put its best foot forward at the talks, which are scheduled to begin later this year. In 2020, the UK agreed deals...
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