News, Policy & Media

Dec 17, 2020
The amount of people waiting more than one year for routine hospital care is now 100 times higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic. Alarming figures from NHS England show the number waiting 12 months for hospital care to start had increased from 1,305 in September last year to 139,545 this September. The data provides a clear picture of the knock-on effect of halting many non-emergency procedures for patients during the first wave of the virus in Spring 2020. Royal College of Surgeons President...
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Dec 17, 2020
The MDCC have released a new presentation and related Q&A on trader readiness for the end of the transition period. Members can find both documents attached.
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Dec 15, 2020
BIVDA attended an update with DHSC today, and a couple of points of note were made which may be useful to members; Any suppliers who have not yet registered on the portal for government secured shipping please do so as a matter of priority or make sure the DHSC are aware. You can find out more information on the scheme here.   It was confirmed that UKRP’s are required to register devices, and importers need to notify the UKRP of the intention to import. It is the manufacturer who...
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Dec 10, 2020
Please see: the link below to guidance documentation issued by the MHRA this week. Register as a manufacturer to sell medical devices from 1 January 2021 attached a document issued by BEIS on Medical Device Economic OperatorPlease also see here a letter from NHS England's Chief Pharmaceutical Officer on medicines supply continuity post-transition period.  If you have any questions on the guidance please contact helen@bivda.org.uk and we can engage with the MHRA team to ass...
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Dec 10, 2020
A senior NHS advisor has defended the use of rapid COVID-19 tests in the deployment of mass testing schemes. This comes as some tests have been criticised for their accuracy levels in detecting the virus. Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser to NHS Test and Trace, said the lateral flow tests could identify many cases of infection in people without symptoms. A study found the tests missed 50% of cases and some scientists fear people could start to ignore health advice. She acknowledged that so...
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Dec 07, 2020
Improvement has been observed in the ability of NHS Test and Trace to reach and contact the close contacts of people who have received a positive coronavirus test result. These better results are tied to a change of approach in how the contact tracing team deal with close contacts of positive cases who are under 18 years old. From now on, any close contacts under 18 years of age will not be directly contacted, a parent or guardian will be instead. The parent or guardian will be obliged to confir...
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Dec 03, 2020
The new Lighthouse Lab in Charnwood, Loughborough has begun operations, processing thousands of COVID-19 tests per day. The new facility is part of the network of Lighthouse labs as well as university and private labs which are working to expand testing capacity during the pandemic. Government has pledged a large increase in testing capacity and the onboarding of multiple sites dedicated to coronavirus testing. This site in Charnwood is expected to process up to 50,000 tests per day by early 202...
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Dec 03, 2020
BIVDA has joined up with other healthcare organisations in support of Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020. BIVDA CEO Doris-Ann Williams wrote a piece on the subject of AMR for The Guardian which launched on Tuesday 24th November inside a supplement dedicated to the campaign.  The text explains the importance of diagnostic testing in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. AMR remains a global health disaster that is already killing 700,000 people a year. It is predicted to cause 10 millio...
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Nov 30, 2020
The University of Liverpool has launched a new service to improve Research and Development access among SMEs. It is hoped that the programme will lead to better access for companies to acquire better laboratory equipment and cutting-edge technology. Investing in this area allows SMEs to build the necessary pace and agility that commercial R&D demands. Commercial teams behind the University of Liverpool’s successful Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) and the Materials Innovation Factory a...
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Nov 26, 2020
The Government has set out testing requirements for test providers involved in supplying the upcoming “Test to Release” air travel passenger testing programme. The scheme will allow air passengers to reduce their quarantine period via a confirmed negative COVID-19 test result. From 15th December, passengers will be able to purchase tests from private providers who meet the specific requirements. Minimum standards for tests directed at the private sector have thus been published for i...
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