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13 March 2015  BIVDA admin
Innovative Medicines and Med Tech Review Chair and terms announced
By BIVDA admin @ 10:02 :: 34 Views

BIVDA welcomes the announcement that Sir Hugh Taylor, Chair of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust will be leading the IMMT review, with support from Sir John Bell and an expert advisory group. 

Terms of reference for the review have also been announced, and show  "how it will explore opportunities to get innovative medicines, devices and diagnostics from the lab to NHS patients as quickly and safely as possible". 

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05 March 2015  Rebecca Bellars
PMQs: Barry Gardiner question on missed cancer targets
By Rebecca Bellars @ 11:33 :: 55 Views

A Labour MP who lost his father, mother and sister to cancer questioned the prime minister about missed targets for cancer referrals.

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26 February 2015  BIVDA admin
ECDC annual report on STIs
By BIVDA admin @ 09:15 :: 77 Views

On 18 February, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published its annual epidemiological report on sexually transmitted infections including HIV and bloodborne viruses. The report provides an overview of the epidemiology of the following diseases based on 2012 data:

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    17 February 2015  Joanne Hunter
    The 4th annual UK Diagnostics Forum 2015 will be held on 19th and 20th May 2015 at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.
    By Joanne Hunter @ 08:31 :: 261 Views

    Organised by the NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative Oxford, in collaboration with NICE, Innovate UK and the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA), this is a meeting of industry, academia and healthcare developing ways to facilitate the utilisation and adoption of innovative tests through good quality evidence.

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    13 February 2015  Rachel Myers
    BIVDA Manifesto: Challenge to the Next Government 2015
    By Rachel Myers @ 09:57 :: 369 Views

    The British In Vitro Diagnostics Industry’s Challenge to the next Government which calls for action on the three key issues industry identified at the end of 2014.

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    12 February 2015  Rachel Myers
    Public contracts Regulations 2015 - latest update
    By Rachel Myers @ 09:22 :: 132 Views

    The Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 02/15 – Public Contracts Regulations 2015 issued by Crown Commercial Services (CCS) on Friday 6 February 2015 announcing that the Procurement Regulations have been laid before Parliament on 5 February. You will note from the PPN that the Procurement Regulations 2015 will come into force on 26 February 2015. The link below (also referenced in the PPN) provides a summary of the consultation on the procurement regulations as well as a link where you can view the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. https://www.gov.uk/transposing-eu-procurement-directives. Further guidance will follow from the CCS and also work is underway to update the procurement tools and templates for use by NHS trusts.

    05 February 2015  Rebecca Bellars
    Applying for the Longitude Prize?
    By Rebecca Bellars @ 16:46 :: 125 Views

    At the end of June 2014, the British public voted for antibiotics to be the focus of the £10 million Longitude Prize. The race is now on to develop a transformative point-of-care test that will identify when antibiotics are needed and, if they are, which ones to use.  The Prize will be awarded by an eminent committee chaired by Lord Martin Rees and including Dame Sally Davies, Baron Peter Piot and Professor Alice Roberts.

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    28 January 2015  Rebecca Bellars
    NICE-approved test 'could double diagnoses of heart attacks in women'
    By Rebecca Bellars @ 14:02 :: 165 Views

    A new study published in the BMJ suggests that a NICE-approved test for heart attacks could detect twice as many heart attacks in women than current standard tests. 

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    20 January 2015  BIVDA admin
    Joint strategy to tackle Tuberculosis announced
    By BIVDA admin @ 08:53 :: 194 Views

    A new 5 year Tuberculosis strategy has been launched by both Public Health England and NHS England in collaboration. 

    Together they have put forward a ten point action plan, with an £11.5 million investment as part of a collaborative initiative to decrease TB cases and ultimately eliminate TB as a public health problem in England.

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    05 January 2015  Rebecca Bellars
    New plans to tackle sepsis announced
    By Rebecca Bellars @ 16:33 :: 199 Views

    Following his initial announcement in December 2014, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has today put forward a number of measures aiming to tackle sepsis.

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