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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 107040, tabled on 21 October 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the operational false positive test rates are of PCR testing for covid-19 identified in quality assurance processes; and how such (a) quality assurance processes and (b) results have changed over time.

Answered on

18 November 2020

In June 2020 the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies published a briefing paper on the impact of false positives and false negatives in the United Kingdom’s COVID-19 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction testing programme, which is available at the following link:

The briefing paper states that the UK operational false positive rate is unknown.