Pocket Diagnostic in-field plant disease diagnostic rapid test strips were developed in 1996 by the UK Government (Food & Environment Research Agency, FERA) for use by plant health inspectors testing for potato and tomato diseases. The success of the products led to the formation of spin-out company Forsite Diagnostics Ltd (now trading as Abingdon Health) to lead the manufacture and commercialisation of the tests. Pocket Diagnostic was subsequently rolled out to growers, farmers, agronomists, research institutes and private laboratories worldwide to enable them to realise the benefits of this technology. Since their launch, the high quality and reliability of these kits have led to their use in routine disease monitoring programmes and in response to disease outbreaks. Pocket Diagnostic rapid tests are recognised worldwide as industry leading plant disease detection kits. Abingdon Health also offer bespoke rapid test strip development and manufacturing.
In 2012 Abingdon Health Ltd acquired a controlling stake in Forsite Diagnostics Ltd, and since 2014 Forsite Diagnostics has been trading as Abingdon Health. To learn more about Abingdon Health Ltd please visit www.abingdonhealth.com.
Quality and Manufacturing
The kits are developed and manufactured in the UK using state-of-the-art equipment in controlled environment production facilities by Forsite Diagnostics Ltd trading as Abingdon Health. Quality is at the heart of everything we do and therefore we are certified to international quality standards of ISO 13485-2003 (including EN ISO 13485:2012) and ISO9001:2008.
Abingdon Health’s manufacturing facilities are also GMP compliant, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).