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The annual NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative (DEC) Oxford Workshop took place at Worcester College, Oxford over two days last week, and was a sell out!

DEC Workshop day 1 © Primary Care Health Sciences
DEC Workshop day 1

Aimed at all professionals working on diagnostic tests including those working in industry, academia, research funding and regulatory affairs, the event provided delegates with a variety of talks and workshops on what evidence is needed to obtain regulatory approval, how NICE evaluates new diagnostic technology, how to collect evidence to support adoption in routine clinical practice and different study designs.

The course was lead by Dr Ann Van den Bruel, Director of DEC Oxford, and the tutors included high-profile speakers from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI). Dr Van den Bruel said 'It was fantastic to work with this group, they really engaged and were asking lots of critical questions.'

All the slide presentations from the workshop are now available to download from the reports and resources section of the website.

If you'd like to stay informed about the next Workshop, please email