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Mar 31, 2020
COVID-19 Testing FAQ In case anyone is getting confused about Covid tests (and who isn't?), BIVDA Board member and acting COO John Bagshaw has put together the below FAQ on testing for COVID-19.  'Antigen tests' as Michael Gove and now others have started calling them, are tests done on swabs which detect the presence of the virus. They are very sensitive, so if the test is negative you don't have the virus, or have caught it so recently that it has not had a chance to ...
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Mar 25, 2020
Dear All,Attached to this web page is a joint letter to cover all key workers across the life science sectors, agreed with our partner associations. This has been put together for those members and workers who would like the added reassurance of a cross-industry communication, and can be used instead of either letter from BIVDA sent yesterday or companies can continue to use the IVD-sector specific letters provided earlier if more appropriate. The advice from the Office for Life Scienc...
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Mar 25, 2020
 NHS England & Improvement have published an extensive series of measures to help the NHS prepare for COVID-19. The measures are divided into six areas with different objectives:  Free-up the maximum possible inpatient and critical care capacity Prepare for, and respond to, large numbers of inpatients requiring respiratory support Support our staff, and maximise staff availability Support the wider population measures newly announced by Government Stress-test your operational readi...
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Mar 24, 2020
Dear All,Travelling as essential workersBIVDA has produced these two letters, one for service engineers travelling to end user sites and another for staff travelling to your site as part of the manufacturing and supply chain (that should cover all your staff who need to be involved and can’t work at home). These can be downloaded from the attachments on this blog.We suggest you also provide them with a letter saying they work for you and identifying yourself as a BIVDA member company and i...
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Mar 19, 2020
    Dear All,   Understandably BIVDA...
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Mar 12, 2020
BIVDA member assembled at One Great George Street in Westminster this week for the 2020 Annual General Meeting. As well as electing the new BIVDA Board, members enjoyed a keynote speech from experienced MP and IVD advocate Anne Marie Morris MP, whose AGM has been a great champion of our sector over the last few years. Anne Marie emphasised that diagnostics, and IVDs in particular, are critical to improving patient outcomes and a more efficient NHS. She recognised the issues faced by me...
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Mar 11, 2020
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced the Budget in Parliament this afternoon. Several policies included in the Budget are of interest to our sector, and these are summarised below. The full Budget document can be found here. Policies include: •    £10 million for boosting levels of COVID19 diagnostic testing, via Public Health England.•    Confirming £200 million for hospitals to replace old diagnostics equipment.• &nb...
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Mar 03, 2020
An update from Doris-Ann Williams on her activities in February
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Feb 27, 2020
On Thursday 27 February, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Life Sciences was relaunched. Chaired by Daniel Zeichner MP, the APPG will raise awareness of UK life sciences among parliamentarians and explore the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. Leading industry experts from biotech SME Theolytics, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and Darren Stenlake from Sysmex UK, on behalf of BIVDA, spoke at the meeting, which was attended by MPs and mem...
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Feb 25, 2020
The EU Council has published the negotiating mandate that will govern their side during the forthcoming trade talks with the United Kingdom.
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