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May 07, 2020
Please see attached the latest flyer regarding the Academic Health Science Network market insight briefings, with dates of the next sessions. 
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May 06, 2020
The first round of negotiations between the UK and US over a proposed transatlantic Free Trade Agreement began yesterday. The International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will be initiating the discussions via video conference call. According to analyses, the accord would benefit very region and nation of the UK.  Groundwork for this two-week round of talks has been set by the UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group who have met six times until ...
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Apr 17, 2020
As part of the Government’s upcoming social care action plan, all symptomatic care home residents and social care staff members will undergo PCR-based COVID-19 testing. By the end of this week, all 30,000 care providers will be contacted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who will be leading the testing campaign. At present, only the first five symptomatic patients of a care home setting are tested in order to determine if an outbreak is occurring at the location. Priority will now be gi...
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Apr 09, 2020
Yesterday afternoon the Science and Technology Committee held a virtual hearing on COVID-19 testing. The purpose of the session was two-fold a) to capture contemporary evidence for future scrutiny, and b) to allow the application of lessons in the interim. The session was split into three sections: Different international approaches to testing Capacity for increasing testing in the UK How the Government will reach its targets to significantly increase testingKey points raised in the sessions wer...
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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 multip...
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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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