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28 January 2014  Rebecca Bellars
BIVDA responds to independent review of pathology services in England
By Rebecca Bellars @ 15:44 :: 1020 Views ::

BIVDA welcomes the Pathology Quality Assurance Review; ensuring that we have practices fit for the modern NHS must be a priority, especially if we are going to achieve our ambition to have an NHS that offers the best outcomes to patients each and every day.

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23 January 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Government has made progress delivering Strategy for UK Life Sciences, but there’s more to do, says LifeSciencesUK
By Rebecca Bellars @ 10:23 :: 1712 Views ::

A review of the government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences has found that eight out of the 13 initiatives reviewed have made notable progress towards the actions and commitments set out in the original strategy, but there is still much more work to do to meet the strategy’s original objectives.

For more information, and to see the report click here. 

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15 August 2013  BIVDA admin
BIVDA's In-house Testing Audit "Safe and consistent? The regulation of pathology testing" is published
By BIVDA admin @ 12:10 :: 1219 Views ::

Safe and consistent? The regulation of pathology testing

An audit of in-house testing and industry recommendations for the future to ensure safety and quality of test results

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03 July 2013  Rachel Myers
BIVDA Regulatory Seminar - Cardiff
By Rachel Myers @ 16:27 :: 1935 Views ::

“Raising your game to meet the next regulatory challenge”

2 & 3 October 2013

at Radisson Blu Hotel, Meridian Gate, Bute Terrace, Cardiff, Wales CF10 3FL

The first EU IVD regulations came into force on 8 December 2003. A survey at the time showed that 38% of IVD manufacturers had still not started the process to register & CE mark their products by the end of 2002. How prepared are you for the new IVD Regulation?

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31 May 2013  BIVDA admin
Diagnostic Evidence Co-operatives
By BIVDA admin @ 10:52 :: 1696 Views ::

The Department of Health (DH) this week announced the allocation of £4 million of funding to analyse the way key diseases are diagnosed within the National Health Service (NHS) and speed up patient access to the best and most effective treatments.

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25 March 2013  Sharron Pillay
BIVDA Update with highlights from budget 2013
By Sharron Pillay @ 10:27 :: 1049 Views ::

A special BIVDA Update with highlights from budget 2013 related to healthcare & life sciences.

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13 February 2013  BIVDA admin
BIVDA Statement regarding the BMJ press release on Thermofisher’s antimicrobial susceptibility testing discs:
By BIVDA admin @ 09:21 :: 1252 Views ::

As the IVD industry's representative, BIVDA is committed to ensuring the highest standards of safety and quality of in vitro diagnostics in the interests of patients. 

Commercial IVDs used by the NHS, are currently regulated by an EU Directive, which is in UK law under the Consumer Protection Act and which requires continuous vigilance and reporting of product issues to the MHRA by the manufacturer. Additionally, all self-certified CE marked products must have sufficient technical/evaluation data on file and available for independent scrutiny.

BIVDA strongly believes this system is fit for purpose. However, alongside the European organisation, EDMA, BIVDA is an active participant in the current updating of the regulations in the EU.  BIVDA is also is fully committed to working with the Department of Health on the Pathology Quality Assurance Review, announced in December 2012. We will continue to lead the in vitro diagnostic industry in the UK on regulatory and quality issues.

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25 October 2012  BIVDA admin
BIVDA's AGM election results and Executive Committee
By BIVDA admin @ 11:51 :: 2235 Views ::

The BIVDA AGM was a great success again this year, thank you to all the members who attended, and we are pleased to welcome the re-election of Les Farrington (The Binding Site) and Jag Grewal (Omega Diagnostics Group plc and Treasurer) back on to the executive committee along with a return by former Chairman, Paul Weinberger who now has his own company DiaSolve Ltd specialising in economic modelling and also Christopher Parker, the MD of Roche Diagnostics, UK & Ireland.
Carla Deakin (Abbott Diagnostics UK) is our new Chair taking over from David Horne who has done a fantastic job over the last two years.

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03 October 2012  BIVDA admin
The British In Vitro Diagnostic Association to Celebrate 20th Anniversary with a Parliamentary 'Testing Day'
By BIVDA admin @ 16:12 :: 1707 Views ::

On 24 October the British In Vitro Diagnostic Association (BIVDA), Anticoagulation Europe and The Royal College of Pathologists will hold a cardiac health testing day in Parliament. The event, which will showcase innovative ‘point of care’ cardiac health tests all day, marks the 20th Anniversary of BIVDA.


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11 June 2012  Stuart Chisnall
Out of shape dads told ‘You Only Live Once’
By Stuart Chisnall @ 10:23 :: 2232 Views ::

60 per cent of British dads are out of shape putting them at greater risk of heart disease as well as affecting their family relationships, it emerged yesterday on the eve of Men’s Health Week 2012.

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