The Sunday Telegraph
Covid tests for sale will face UK quality checks, say ministers
ALL private Covid tests will be subject to UK quality assurance checks, after the Government admitted too many are being sold that do not work properly.
Ministers have set out plans to ensure all tests meet “minimum performance standards” because as little as a quarter of privately made lateral flow devices are “of sufficient quality for procurement”.
The news comes after No 10 said everyone in England would be offered twice-weekly tests as part of the push to “reclaim a more normal way of life”.
The Government will establish “a requirement that all Covid-19 tests placed on the UK market undergo a mandatory validation process”. A consultation document, “Private Covid-19 testing validation”, said: “Tests that fail this process would be barred from sale. Retailers, distributors and manufacturers of tests that attempt to sell unvalidated tests would face sanction.
“This will apply equally to companies based in the UK and those overseas importing into the UK.”
The Department of Health said: “While testing kits purchased by the NHS must meet strict minimum standards, our proposals aim to ensure all tests available in the UK meet the same high standards. The Government is preparing for the new testing validation scheme to be ready in summer 2021.”