UK serum and blood sample shortage threatens IVD (in vitro diagnostic) industry
This article was originally published in Clinica
UK IVD manufacturers who require serum and blood samples for developing assays and for batch release testing are finding the UK an increasingly difficult market in which to operate. Most UK hospital trusts have stopped giving away for free, as they used to, excess serum and plasma samples. The main reason is the fear of criticism by the press and the increasingly litigious medical environment.