COVID-19

Important update – COVID-19 Private Providers of Lateral Flow Tests

Government has recently announced that fully vaccinated passengers arriving from non-red list countries can use a lateral flow test on or before day 2 of their arrival in England. Tests can be purchased from the list of providers on gov.uk.

Providers of the lateral flow tests need to meet published minimum standards that will be evaluated via the self-declaration form on the gov.uk site. Providers who supply kits for self-swab and self-test will not be UKAS accredited and UKAS is not conducting the assessment of this activity.

Any enquiries about the process for approving providers for self tests need to be directed to [email protected]. Providers that perform sampling and point-of-care testing (POCT) for international arrivals are required to apply for and gain accreditation following the staged process that was established for private providers of COVID-19 testing.

Further information about applying for UKAS accreditation for POCT can be found here.