The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) was established in London in February 1992 as the national trade association for companies with major involvement and interest in the In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) industry.
BIVDA represents the interests of the IVD industry in the UK at the European Diagnostics Manufacturers Association (EDMA), which in turn represents the IVD industry in Europe particularly at the Commission as the evolution to the Single Market progresses. In addition to its regulatory support function on behalf of its members, BIVDA pursues a strategy, in the UK, of raising the awareness of the clinical and cost utility of diagnostics in the provision of effective healthcare.
The membership of BIVDA currently represents over 90% of the industry. These members decide the general policy of BIVDA at the Annual General Assembly.
BIVDA is governed by an Executive Committee of company representatives, elected from the membership, along with its Cheif Executive. It assumes responsibility for formulating policy together with planning activities and services. Day to day management is handled by a full-time secretariat based in Central London.
BIVDA represents both manufacturers and distributors who are active in the UK. Therefore, it is not just an association of UK diagnostic companies. All IVD companies, irrespective of their national origin, are eligible to become members and to nominate individuals for office.