News, Policy & Media

Mar 04, 2021
Please find attached  and below some further information regarding export health certificates from the Office for Life Sciences As of 3 March 2021, following the meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee on 24 February, the UK has unilaterally extended the grace period for Authorised Traders moving agri-food goods from Great Britain (GB) to NI through the continuation of the Scheme for Temporary Agri-food Movements to Northern Ireland (STAMNI). As a temporary operational easement, this exte...
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Mar 01, 2021
Edinburgh Airport will be the location of a new rapid COVID-19 testing trial to understand the dynamics of an on-site airport testing programme which benefits staff members and air passengers. The trial will be run by the PocDoc and BioSure companies and will involve the use of the KnowNow saliva antigen test. Staff and volunteers will make up the cohort of participants, due to low passenger numbers at the airport owing to current air travel restrictions. The trial will last one week and will sh...
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Feb 26, 2021
Please see a note below from the MDCC they have asked us to share with members.From 28th February there will be changes to TSS processes that affect movements of controlled goods. These changes relate to the data submitted to TSS to create a Simplified Frontier Declaration (SFD), which is then submitted to HMRC’s Customs Declaration Service. Most controlled goods require a form of licence, certificate or authorisation and these are obtained by the government department who governs control ...
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Feb 26, 2021
NHSX has announced a simpler, faster process for the assessment of digital health technologies which will allow for faster and smoother uptake of these digital tools for use by patients. NHSX unveiled the new system which will be utilised for NHS and social care services, it is titled the Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC). DTAC can be completed in days and will provide the public and NHS staff with confidence in the evaluation and safety checks of digital health tools such as health ...
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Feb 24, 2021
The Federal Drug Agency in the United States has issued fresh guidance on the impact of COVID-19 mutations on testing products. The guidance is intended to brief manufacturers on any implications of variants on the performance, usability or safety of testing products, whether antigen or antibody-based diagnostic tools. Product design considerations are included in the advice, along with ongoing monitoring suggestions regarding testing for COVID-19 during a time in which mutations are being picke...
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Feb 19, 2021
A new “high-risk” science agency designed to fund ground-breaking discoveries has been announced by Government. The Advanced Research & Invention Agency (ARIA) will support the efforts of researchers and innovators and enable the UK to cement its position “as a global science superpower”. £800m funding will be provided to the organisation over four years, and Government has signalled that it will have more legroom for failure “than is normal” while p...
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Feb 15, 2021
Healthcare academics have warned of a “tsunami” of work that faces primary care services in the aftermath of the pandemic. Pent-up demand threatens to overwhelm services and will need to be addressed by Government as part of its plan for healthcare to recover in the wake of the crisis, the experts say. Prof Martin Marshall, chair of the RCGP, praised the role of GPs in the UK’s vaccination campaign. Of the 15 million vaccinations offered to date, 75% have been administered at G...
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Feb 15, 2021
The sixth annual Life Science Competitiveness Indicators report has been published, comparing the UK’s performance in life sciences internationally to the end of 2019. The publication of the report had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, however the document confirms that the UK was one of the best locations for life sciences work across the globe in 2019. A quarter of a million people were employed in the sector during that year and it generated almost £81bn in annual turnov...
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Feb 11, 2021
Please find attached a helpful summary of the different customs models used at the various UK ports. The full details are included in the Border Operating Model, but hopefully this standalone summary maybe a helpful guide. As ever, we can take any questions you may have to colleagues at the MDCC and Office For Life Sciences so do contact Jon or Helen. 
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Feb 11, 2021
A review has been announced into the use of health data for research and analysis by Government. The rapid review will take place until April 2021 and focusses on the more efficient and safe use of health data for research and analysis for the benefit of patients and the healthcare sector. Government has asked Dr Ben Goldacre to carry out the review and present his findings in two months. Dr Goldacre is Director of the DataLab, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the Universit...
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