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Access to general business support services



Medilink UK

Medilink UK is the industry association for pharmaceuticals, medical biotechnology and medical technology SMEs. Medilink UK is committed to increasing economic activity in the life sciences sector within the UK, focusing on the SME businesses by clustering their activity and engaging with academia, public and private health providers, and larger industry. Representing the largest percentage of life science companies in the country, Medilink UK actively works with government to ensure this majority voice is heard and considered during policymaking.


Regional Medilink

Medilink UK is the umbrella organisation for several life science-focussed organisations, all of whom measure their activity against the phrase ‘how is this beneficial to industry’. Those organisations cover different regional areas, as follow:


Each of these organisations offer a range of business services aimed at supporting the life sciences businesses in their region (please consult their individual website for more information).



There are numerous consultancies that provide support across different business needs:

  • Product development and introduction
  • Market studies
  • Clinical studies
  • Regulations
  • IP and patents
  • Legal

These are too numerous to list, but typically your regional network (Medilink or equivalent) will know of local companies who can support you. Failing that the HTM KTN will be able to put you in touch with relevant organisations and you can also access other organisations (industry peers or other innovation services intermediaries) through the KTN portal _connect (


Access to support for compliance to health regulatory requirements



British Standards Institution (BSI) - Medical Device branch

BSI Group:

  • Certifies management systems and products
  • Provides product testing services
  • Develops private, national and international standards
  • Provides training and information on standards and international trade
  • Provides performance management software solutions


BSI - Standards and Publications

BSI British Standards is the National Standards Body of the UK, with a globally recognised reputation for independence, integrity and innovation in the production of standards that promote best practice. It develops and sells standards and standardisation solutions to meet the needs of business and society.

A list of standards related to the healthcare and medical devices is presented on the following webpage:

BSI - Product Testing

BSI Product Services has the capability to test a huge variety of industrial and consumer products such as construction, fire safety, electrical, electronic and engineering products and medical devices and can identify technical requirements, product testing and certification schemes for most countries in the world.


Access to support for clinical investigations initiation, design and management


If you feel the need to commission expert services there are Contract Research Organisations that can help you design and manage clinical investigations. However, most of those CROs propose services to the pharmaceutical industry only and very few have services adapted to the complexity and idiosyncrasy of clinical investigations for medical device manufacturers.

A new body has been established to help guide businesses through the clinical pipeline, National Office for Clinical Research Investigations (NOCRI). One of their goals is to provide clear and concise information on the opportunities and support NIHR research infrastructure can provide to research funders including industry.