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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 38639, tabled on 21 April 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide details of the evidential threshold that his Department requires antibody tests to meet in order to detect people that have had covid-19.

Answered on

30 April 2020

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is working with partners to support the delivery of the Government’s agenda on COVID-19 testing. This includes rapid antibody tests for use by healthcare professionals and by people at home. The MHRA has prepared specifications to assist manufacturers to design and deliver tests. These are initial specifications based on current best information but, as the science is rapidly evolving, are subject to review and may need to be updated at short.