News, Policy & Media

Nov 13, 2020
The Department of Health and Social Care has reminded companies to register for Government freight contingency solutions which have been put in place to support industry post-Transition Period. Please see further information below: Government Secured Freight CapacityFrom 31 December 2020, Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O and Stena will be ready to deliver capacity on up to 9 routes, operating from 8 potential ports in England, equivalent to over 3,000 HGV's per week.  As a category ...
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Nov 12, 2020
HMRC have published a policy paper covering a change to the research and development (R&D) tax relief rules for small and medium-sized enterprises. The measure in question limits the amount of payable R&D tax credit which a SME can claim to £20,000 plus 300% of its total Pay as you Earn (PAYE) and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) liability for the period. Exemptions will be made to a company which is a) involved with Intellectual Property (IP) and b) does not spend more than...
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Nov 12, 2020
Oxford University has teamed up with Thermo Fisher to increase resource availability and access to useful COVID-19 testing data. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion. The new rapid testing laboratory and jointly developed Thermo Scientific OmnipathTM Combi SARS-CoV-2 IgG ELISA test detects and quantifies antibodies against the coronavirus and increases the University of Oxford’s testing capacity to up to 50,000 test...
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Nov 10, 2020
The rapid coronavirus tests that are being rolled out for use in Liverpool’s mass testing pilot scheme will now be rolled out across local authorities and cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle. The move comes as part of the Prime Minister’s ‘Operation Moonshot’ programme which aims at making mass testing part of daily life across the UK. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has said mass testing, like that seen in Liverpool, would be rolled ...
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Nov 05, 2020
BIVDA is delighted to announce that Helen Tucker, BIVDA board member and Managed Services Contracts Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific, has been confirmed as our Chair-Elect, and will take over from current Chair Darren Stenlake from Sysmex in Spring 2022. Commenting on her appointment, Helen said;"There is no doubt that BIVDA is a leading voice for the diagnostics industry and is at the forefront of driving external stakeholder engagement. I believe that, as members of BIVDA, we all ...
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Nov 05, 2020
From 1 January 2021 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will take on the responsibilities for the UK medical devices market that are currently undertaken through the EU system.This guidance provides information on how the UK system will operate, including for: Getting your device certified Conformity marking your device Registering your device with the MHRAThis guidance is divided into sections on the different rules that will apply in Great Britain, Northern Ireland ...
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Nov 03, 2020
Government has said that it has reached its target of having a capacity to carry out 500,000 tests per day. The goal, set in early summer this year, was due to be reached by the end of October and marks a significant expansion in the UK’s COVID-19 testing capacity. The data for 31 October showed just over 525,000 tests could be done - a doubling of capacity in two months. Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that the UK is now carrying out more tests than any other European nation and that ...
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Oct 28, 2020
The DHSC has issued the below briefing note on the requirements of a responsible person in regards of regulating  medical devices from 1st January 2021.What are the eligibility requirements for a UK Responsible Person? There are no additional requirements or qualifications needed, other than the need to be established in the UK. UK Responsible Persons need to be able to carry out the responsibilities stipulated in Regulating medical devices from 1 January 2021 guidance (which is based ...
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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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