How BIVDA Engages with External Stakeholders

BIVDA’s External Affairs team champions the IVD industry to politicians, policymakers, media and relevant stakeholders to ensure the voice of our membership is heard across the UK and EU.

We communicate the opportunities and challenges facing the IVD sector through a range of activities including our Diagnostics in Healthcare stakeholder newsletter, responding to consultations, briefing politicians and holding Parliamentary events.

BIVDA also provides information and analysis for member companies following key policy developments and events of political interest. Our external affairs newsletter Dialogue andour Policy and Activity Tracker consolidate the wide range of activities taking place across the IVD sector and help members keep up to date.

Members are also encouraged to help shape the direction of our external affairs work programme by attending meetings of BIVDA’s External Affairs Working Party.

Social Media

Every Tuesday, BIVDA tweets under the hashtag #TestingTuesday to raise awareness of IVD testing and the benefits of early diagnosis, in a specific disease area.

As part of our external affairs outreach we have also introduced #FiveFridayFacts, which we use to highlight some of the key facts and figures on a range of topics, and outline how IVDs can help.

To find out more about the importance of IVD testing, please follow us at @BIVDA.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Life Sciences

The APPG for Life Sciences is an informal voluntary interest group for MPs and Peers, with the aim ‘to raise awareness and understanding of the valuable contribution the life sciences sector provides to the health and wealth of the nation’.

The APPG provides a valuable forum through which to engage with parliamentarians who have taken an interest in our sector and its potential to deliver healthcare, economic and societal benefits. In 2016 the Group will hold events on the topics including the funding and finance landscape for life sciences companies, access to innovative diagnostics, medicines and medical technologies, and the future of healthcare.

The APPG’s officers are shown in the following table.

Role Name Party
Chair & Registered Contact Kit Malthouse MP Conservative
Vice Chair Jo Churchill MP
Vice Chair Maggie Throup MP   Conservative
Vice Chair Lord Drayson Labour
Vice Chair Liz McInnes MP Labour
Vice Chair Daniel Zeichner MP   Labour
Treasurer John Glen MP Conservative
Secretary Chris Green MP Conservative


Other interested members include:

  • David Rutley MP
  • Ian Wright MP
  • Lord Clement Jones
  • Lord Turnberg
  • Rt Hon John F Spellar MP


Secretariat and contact details

The secretariat for the APPG is Life Sciences UK, the collaborative name for the life science industry’s four trade associations – the British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA), Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI), theAssociation of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and the BioIndustry Association (BIA) – who respectively represent diagnostics, healthcare devices, pharmaceuticals and biologic medicines.

Details of the APPG for Life Sciences are on the website here:


Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about BIVDA’s external affairs activity, please contact:

Emma Thomas, External Affairs Manager