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MHRA announces two new UK Approved Bodies to certify medical devices

  • LNE-GMED UK and Scarlet NB UK join the seven current UK Approved Bodies, increasing capacity for the certification of medical devices in the UK.
  • LNE-GMED UK has been designated as a UK Approved Body to assess and certify general medical devices in accordance with Part II of the UK Medical Devices Regulations 2002. Scarlet NB UK has been designated with a focus on assessing and certifying software and AI as a medical device (AI/SaMD).
  • Apart from the very lowest risk devices, manufacturers must apply to a UK approved body for UKCA certification. Products can only be placed on the market in England, Wales and Scotland after they have achieved certification.

Dual agreements cement UK-Canada science and innovation ties

  • UK and Canada strengthen collaboration across science and innovation to unlock new advances for the public good
  • New agreement struck on compute, a vital tool in the development of AI
  • UK and Canada to explore opportunities to work together and with likeminded countries on compute capability

Government takes major step in improving biosecurity and preventing diseases

  • New border controls introduced today will help prevent the import of diseases and pests from animal and plant products
  • Series of new controls will minimise burdens and costs for traders and consumers
  • This is the first major step towards making the UK the most advanced border in the world

Largest study of UK health research funding released today

  • UK health research funding has increased since 2004, reaching £5 billion in 2022 with growth in translational and infection research, but is now plateauing.
  • A report published today, the UK Health Research Analysis 2022, provides the most detailed overview yet of UK health research funding from 2004 to 2022 from all public sectors.
  • This report is part of a series published every four to five years.

Global cancer cases to rise by more than 75% by 2050, WHO predicts

  • Global cancer cases are predicted to rise by more than 75% by 2050, according to the World Health Organization.
  • Latest figures show a rise from 14.1 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths worldwide in 2012 to 20 million new cases and 9.7 million deaths a decade later.
  • Tobacco use, alcohol consumption and obesity were key factors behind the increasing incidence of cancer, as well as population ageing and growth.

Cancer in the UK: Overview 2024 – Cancer Research UK Report

  • This annual report summarises key metrics and data across the cancer pathway, including prevention, earlier diagnosis and treatment. It looks at where progress is being made and what challenges remain in the UK.

Why we need a cross-party consensus for long term policy to unlock the value of UK Science, Technology & Innovation

  • Former Science and Research Minister George Freeman has set-up a substack which examines the UK’s science and technology landscape.

The Times Health Commission publishes ten key recommendations in their final report looking at what measures are required to save the NHS:

  1. Creating digital health accounts for patients, called “patient passports.”
  2. Tackling waiting lists by introducing a national programme of weekend High-Intensity Theatre (HIT).
  3. Reforming the GP contract.
  4. Writing off student loans for doctors, nurses and midwives who stay in the NHS (with debt cut by 30% for those who stay for three years, 70% for seven years and 100% for ten years).
  5. Introducing a no-blame compensation for medical errors.
  6. Establishing a National Care System, administered locally and delivered by the public and private sectors.
  7. Guaranteeing that all children and young people requiring mental health support can get access to treatment within four weeks and publishing data on waiting times for all mental health services.
  8. Tackling obesity by expanding the sugar tax, taxing salt, implementing a pre-watershed ban on junk food advertising and reducing cartoons on packaging to minimise children’s exposure to unhealthy food.
  9. Incentivising NHS staff to take part in research.
  10. Establishing a Healthy Lives Committee.