News, Policy & Media

Oct 28, 2020
HMRC has released a series of explanatory videos regarding importing and exporting post-transition period. Members can find links below.  What are controlled goods?   What are commodity codes? How can a customs intermediary or agent help me? What you need to know to bring goods into the UK What you need to know to send goods out of the UK
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Oct 27, 2020
A Dublin-based start-up has developed a new digital platform used for the effective organisation of clinical trials. Wirano is the name of the platform which aims to revolutionise the processes involved in the preparation and set-up of various medical or medtech trials. It is designed to accelerate the start-up of trials, optimising patient recruitment and improving site and investigator selection processes. Clinical trials are expensive, time-costly processes, meaning that any systems of techno...
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Oct 23, 2020
BIVDA has hosted its first Brexit Preparedness Webinar with the Office for Life Sciences. Attached to this page is the presentation given by colleagues from the OLS, covering the following areas; Introduction to the Office for Life Sciences  Context and objectives Trade Negotiations: Where are we? Medical Devices Regulation Chemicals Regulation Northern Ireland Protocol Trader Readiness People Horizon Europe Data The presentation also contains links to additional guidance on government...
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Oct 22, 2020
Please see below new guidance issued by the OLS for workers travelling between different COVID-19 tier levels.---We are advising people not to travel into or out of Local COVID Alert Level: Very High areas where possible. You can continue to travel into or out of Local COVID Alert Level: Very High areas if you need to for work, school, or caring responsibilities, or where doing so is necessary as part of a longer journey (such as going to an airport to travel abroad). There are no restricti...
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Oct 19, 2020
Patient capacity is to be increased through the opening of a new national £10bn contract notice for tender by potential suppliers. Bids are being invited by the open opportunity contract in areas across inpatient, day case, diagnostic and clinical services. The contract has been published by NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (NHS Arden & GEM CSU), in agreement with NHS England.Three aspects identified in the contract are: NHS inpatient and day services ((in...
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Oct 13, 2020
Please see the below update from the Department for Transport (DfT) which has announced that its procurement of freight capacity away from areas of potential border disruption has successfully concluded.--The routes for the Government-Secured Freight Capacity (GSFC) have also been made public. This is an important step in the multi-layered approach we are putting in place together in preparation for new border and customs procedures. From 31 December 2020, Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&...
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Oct 12, 2020
The Government has announced another partnership with four UK universities which will aid in boosting coronavirus test processing ahead of winter this year. Tens of thousands more tests are to be processed due to this ramping up of laboratory assistance to the UK’s national testing effort. Laboratory facilities at University College London, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London and King’s College London will now be made available to the testing service as part of t...
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Oct 06, 2020
England’s COVID-19 regional divide is widening according to new figures showing that deaths are accelerating in England’s North West, North East and Yorkshire. In recent weeks, the proportion of tests that prove positive has been increasing across the country, but is highest in northern regions. More than three quarters of COVID-19 deaths are now occurring in the North of England and the Midlands. The North West remains the hotspot for COVID-19 deaths, with all three of its...
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Oct 06, 2020
Early detection of cancer must be heavily invested in according to Cancer Research UK’s new report. The ‘Roadmap for the Early Detection and Diagnosis of Cancer’ provides recommendation on cancer care and innovative techniques for future use. It argues that early detection of cancer is the single biggest opportunity for reducing mortalities from cancers going forward. However, many obstacles are blocking the roll-out of an effective early cancer diagnostic system, includin...
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Sep 30, 2020
According to a new survey, only half of UK firms which trade internationally have completed appropriate risk assessments which flag the weaknesses and potential difficulties that may arise when the Transition Period finishes. The worrying findings indicate a lack of preparedness on the part of companies trading across the UK borders in the face of likely disruption from Brexit. The British Chambers of Commerce carried out the survey examining the levels of awareness of commercial vulnerability a...
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