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Pocket Diagnostic® History

Pocket Diagnostic® in-field plant pathogen diagnostic kits 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.

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® kits are recognised worldwide as industry leading plant disease detection kits.

In 2012 Abingdon Health Ltd acquired a controlling stake in Forsite Diagnostics Ltd. To learn more about Abingdon Health Ltd please visit

Quality and Manufacturing

The kits 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.