European Union officials have adopted a list of Covid-19 rapid antigen tests whose results will be recognised in the 27 countries of the bloc, the European Commission said on Thursday.
The EU’s Health Security Committee agreed the common list of antigen tests, along with a common standardised set of data to be included in Covid-19 test result certificates.
Antigen tests are quicker but less reliable indicators for the virus than the gold-standard PCR test.
EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, said: “Rapid antigen tests are crucial to slow down the spread of Covid-19 and should be part of our overall response to the pandemic.
“If negative Covid-19 tests are to be required or recommended for any activity, it is essential that they are mutually recognised, and result in certificates recognised across the EU.
“This is essential, particularly in the context of travel. Our citizens need clarity and predictability.”
The list of approved rapid antigen tests will be continuously reviewed and updated.
Below is the common list of manufacturers and their tests:
- Abbott Rapid Diagnostics, PanbioTM COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test
- AMEDA Labordiagnostik GmbH, AMP Rapid Test SARS-CoV-2 Ag
- Becton Dickinson, BD Veritor System for Rapid Deteciton os SARS-CoV-2
- Beijing Lepu Medical Technology, SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kit (Colloidal Gold immunochromatography)
- BIOSYNEX SWISS SA, BIOSYNEX COVID-19 Ag BSS
- CerTest Biotect S.L., CerTest SARS-CoV-2 CARD TEST
- Hangzhou Clongene Biotech, Clungene COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit
- Healgen Scientific Limited, Coronavirus Ag Rapid Test Cassette (Swab)
- LumiraDX UK LTd, LumiraDx SARS-CoV-2 Ag Test
- nal von minden GmbH, NADAL COVID -19 Ag Test
- Quidel Corporation, Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA
- SD BIOSENSOR, Inc., STANDARD F COVID-19 Ag FIA
- SD BIOSENSOR, Inc., STANDARD Q COVID-19 Ag Test
- Siemens Healthineers, CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test
- Xiamen Boson Biotech Co, Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test card
- Zhejiang Orient Gene Biotech Co.,Ltd, Coronavirus Ag Rapid Test Cassette (Swab)