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BIVDA hosts roundtable in Parliament on role of diagnostics in tackling AMR

By December 15, 2023No Comments

We were delighted to hold a roundtable in Portcullis House yesterday on the role of diagnostics in combatting antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which included attendance by industry, members of the UK Health Security Agency, NHS England, academics, and Parliamentarians including former Health Ministers Maggie Throup and Will Quince.

The 90-minute meeting proved extremely productive, focusing on what tangible measures can be taken, and frameworks must be developed, to support the roll-out of rapid diagnostic tests in primary care which confirm infection and therefore aid prescribing.

The key product from this meeting will be a consensus statement signed by key partners in the fight against AMR. It will set out short, medium and long-term recommendations on the role of diagnostics in the UK’s 2024-2029 National AMR Action Plan.

The provisional consensus statement is available on request (please email ben@bivda.org.uk) and specifically calls for action to support adopting C-Reactive Protein (CRP) point of care testing (POCT).

Tackling AMR is a priority issue for BIVDA and we strongly believe that targeted diagnostic testing can improve antimicrobial stewardship and patient outcomes significantly.

This meeting ends a busy year of AMR activity for BIVDA and we look forward to sustaining our efforts on behalf of our members in 2024.

Dawn