Coronavirus Testing Facilities – BLMK
Antibody test kits for home use
Some high street pharmacies and private healthcare providers are offering COVID-19 antibody testing kits to members of the public, which involves taking a fingerprick blood sample.
Although the laboratory tests are CE marked and safe for use on blood drawn from the vein by a healthcare professional, the manufacturer of the tests has not validated the kits for home use, or for use with a fingerprick blood sample.
It’s very important for people at home to be able to understand the reliability of the result, as a positive result might not mean you are immune or if you demonstrate immunity now, how long that will last.
The Government strongly advises members of the public or organisations who have purchased these tests and received antibody results to continue to follow the Government’s advice whatever the result of the test.
The Government is contacting providers of the antibody testing services and the laboratories running these tests to ask them to temporarily stop offering these tests for sale until the regulatory and safety concerns have been resolved.
Please see this MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) Guidance on COVID-19 tests and testing kits. This guidance has been produced for members of the public, patients, professionals and industry.
It includes information on how the testing kits work, the different types of tests and the specifications manufacturers need to follow.