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Pocket Diagnostic® History

Pocket Diagnostic® in-field plant pathogen rapid tests 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* to lead the manufacture and commercialisation of the kits.

Forsite Diagnostics Ltd* subsequently rolled out the tests 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.

*In 2012 Abingdon Health Ltd acquired a controlling stake in Forsite Diagnostics Ltd. Forsite Diagnostics Ltd is now trading as Abingdon Health.

Quality and Manufacturing

Pocket Diagnostic® rapid lateral flow tests and are developed and manufactured in the UK using state-of-the-art equipment in controlled environment production facilities by Abingdon Health. Quality is at the heart of everything Abingdon Health does and is demonstrated by their facility being accredited to 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).

For more information about our plant disease test kits visit our Pocket Diagnostic® product page.