The National Genomic Test Directory (NGTD) specifies the genomic tests commissioned by NHS England who currently deliver over 800,000 diagnostic tests per annum. The Test Directory specifies the eligibility criteria for patients to access each test, the gene targets that laboratories must analyse, and the methodology used in the provision of the test. Currently the NGTD is published as two Excel spreadsheets and a Word/pdf document. There is consensus that it can no longer remain in its existing structure.

The NGTD is a key component in the digital strategy for the National Genomic Medicine Service  but is unwieldy in its current form. It is difficult for users to find the appropriate test for their patient; it is not interoperable with other NHS systems and data sets; and it prevents clinicians from getting the right test in a timely manner, in turn affecting patient care. Challenges currently exist with version control, release, publication and management. The NGTD is not machine readable; has no structured relational data model; and cannot be consumed by systems seeking to subscribe to its content.

Moving forward, the ambition is to replace the existing NGTD with a suite of digital services and repositories which connect multiple data sources and store them in central repository which can be expanded and adapted to our needs over time. The proposed solution must make authoring, managing, version control and publication an easy and streamlined process. The solution must be able to expose data to external systems via APIs or possibly through its own web portal, providing excellent search capabilities with fuzzy matching and filtering of results. In the future the central repository should be accessible to both users and systems and held within a flexible, futureproof platform. We envisage a robust back-office environment to enable comprehensive content management.

Pre-Market Engagement Session:

The Test Directory project is currently in its strategic discovery phase. The purpose of the pre-market engagement session is to understand the existing capability of suppliers to support the management of a digital test directory, including ontology mapping, the creation of a digital infrastructure to support and enable timely publications of updates to the directory using modern API's & streamline data presented to clinicians searching for the appropriate test.

We will run a one hour virtual event held on June 7th 2024 at 11:00 am which will cover:

  1. The background to the project
  2. Our aspirations and drivers
  3. High-level requirements
  4. Scenarios to demonstrate desirable to-be state

The session will be recorded for suppliers who are unable to attend.

Following the session, suppliers will be provided with a two-week window to respond to the application and confirm their functional capabilities. Successful suppliers will then be invited to register for a 1 hour face-to-face session to showcase their functionality. techUK will manage the registration details and documentation UK. The deadline for submitting applications is June 21st 2024.

Successful applicants will be contacted and provided with an hour slot to present their product to the panel at a face-to-face event hosted at the techUK office in Blackfriars, London on July 22nd 2024. This supplier engagement session will inform the decision and next steps taken by the NHS Genomic Medicine Service in the procurement of the Test Directory.


Alex Lawrence

Alex Lawrence

Head of Health and Social Care, techUK

Robert Walker

Robert Walker

Programme Manager, Health and Social Care, techUK

Viola Pastorino

Viola Pastorino

Junior Programme Manager, Health and Care Team, techUK

Clara Hewitt

Clara Hewitt

Programme Manager, Health and Social Care, techUK

Tracy Modha

Team Assistant - Markets, techUK