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Feb 09, 2021
NICE has launched a new consultation, the third in recent times, on proposals on changes to the processes which NICE uses to develop its guidance on medicines, medical devices, diagnostics and digital health technologies. The public consultation will be open for submissions until 15th April 2021 and forms part of the largest ever review undertaken by NICE, looking at the potential changes to methods and processes the organisation carries out to produce essential guidance. Opportunities to be exp...
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Feb 04, 2021
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has set March 3rd at the date for this year’s Budget. Following on from our successful Spending Review submission in November, which committed money to diagnostics and life sciences research, BIVDA will be sending in our views, and the views of our members, to make the Treasury awareness of needs to be done to build a strong and sustainable IVD sector in the months to come.We are very interested in hearing your thoughts on what policies you would like to see fr...
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Feb 04, 2021
Message on Northern Ireland Trade from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyThe Secretary of State for Business has asked us to share the below message on Northern Ireland trade with members:--- This year, as we mark the centenary of Northern Ireland, we need no reminder about its integral place within our United Kingdom.Our trade deal with the EU and the additional agreement known as the Northern Ireland Protocol has safeguarded Northern Ireland's place in...
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Feb 03, 2021
The cyber security market is set to grow massively over the next decade due to the increase of virtual health technologies being adopted into healthcare services, both public and private. Remote-access medical devices will be leading to a large demand in protective services for virtual health technologies as the COVID-19 pandemic reshapes the delivery of healthcare communications. Telehealth applications such as virtual appointments and remote patient monitoring have facilitated medical care ove...
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Jan 29, 2021
Please see below a message from Medtech Europe:---Dear members, We are pleased to invite you – manufacturers of in vitro diagnostic devices – to participate in a short survey we are launching on behalf of the European Commission: “Market composition of IVDs”. We strongly encourage all member companies of MedTech Europe and of national associations to complete this survey. The aggregated data collected will help inform the European Commission and Member States to asse...
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Jan 29, 2021
The Border and Protocol Delivery Group held a webinar this week on Movement of goods through non Short Straits locations.The slides and a document that contains links to key guidance and pages on GOV.UK are attached to this blog. Helplines and contact details for HM Revenue and Customs, the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and UK Border Government departments are included in the slide deck.The recording of today's webinar will be uploaded shortly at h...
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Jan 27, 2021
The NHS’s vaccination drive has now been expanded with the opening of 33 new vaccination centres across the UK. These sites will ensure that vaccines are accessible to the vulnerable groups who are currently receiving doses, including the over-80s and health and care workers. London, Blackpool and Sunderland are among the locations that will see newly opened vaccine sites. The 33 new facilities will take the total number of vaccination centres in the UK to fifty. These sites are able to ad...
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Jan 26, 2021
Further public and private sector organisations have signed up for rapid coronavirus testing of employees in their workplaces as Government seeks to expand the availability of lateral flow devices in picking up asymptomatic cases of the virus. Companies and organisations which are already involved in rapid testing include Royal Mail, Tate & Lyle Sugars, Primula, Moy Park, Octopus Energy, Apetito, and DVLA. This uptake is due to the fact that around one in three people can carry the virus wit...
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Jan 21, 2021
The Government has reminded the general public and businesses that the deadline for the EU Settlement Status scheme applications is on the horizon and that applicants should ensure they have correctly provided their details. 30th June 2021 is the application deadline and there are more than 1,500 people employed in the Home Office team working on the scheme’s operations.  European citizens in the UK are encouraged to apply so that their rights can be secured in UK law. Data published ...
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Jan 21, 2021
NHSX, in collaboration with the AHSN Network, is inviting contributions to a survey which aims to provide a snapshot of AI development and implementation in health and care, including the impact of the NHS AI Lab. NHSX have produced the attached comms pack to support the release of the 2021 survey, expected to run for five weeks. The survey went live on 13 January. Your support with dissemination through your own channels would be much appreciated.
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