Blog

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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Feb 12, 2020
To relieve potential pressures on global supply chains, suppliers have been asked by the Department of Health and Social Care to carry out a risk assessment on the impact of coronavirus on their business.As an extra precaution, companies have also been asked to retain existing stockpiles of medical supplies, compiled as a contingency measure ahead of our exit from the EU, where possible.There are no current medicine shortages in the UK linked to the situation in China but the UK government is ta...
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Feb 06, 2020
The Operational Guidance published for the NHS over the coming year is intended to guide the health service towards fulfilling the Long Term Plan (LTP). As part of this, diagnostics is specifically mentioned which recognition that they are fundamental to the LTP being achieved. The guidance states that the immediate focus should be on the diagnostics services that have the largest impact locally on RTT and cancer standards. Systems should, working with and through their Cancer Alliance...
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Jan 24, 2020
This week BIVDA has continued our contact with the new Parliament, sending our tailored letters to those parliamentarians who have the most member companies in their constituency - Anthony Browne, the new MP for South Cambridgeshire, wins the contest with eight! We have invited all MPs to meet with us to discuss priorities for the IVD sector, and will be inviting member companies based in their constituencies to participate if they so wish. Doris-Ann and Jon Harrison also had a useful meeting wi...
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Jan 17, 2020
On 16 January 2020, Doris-Ann attended a briefing at the Department of Health & Social Care on the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill which will be needed to enable healthcare product regulation in the UK after we leave the European Union.
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Jan 14, 2020
Your regular update on our External Affairs activities.
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Jan 09, 2020
BIVDA has hit the ground running in 2020, with Doris-Ann and new External Affairs Manager Jon Harrison reaching out to key Ministers and Departments in the refreshed Johnson administration, with several meetings already secured.
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