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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 57358, tabled on 15 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what procedures his Department followed in awarding a covid-19 PCR testing contract to Randox.

Answered on

27 October 2021

All suppliers pass through a rigorous regulatory and validations process to ensure that they meet the same high-quality standards. In March 2020, a contract was awarded to Randox using Regulation 32, due to the public health emergency and the need for testing capacity. A new contract was awarded to Randox in April 2021 and in August 2021 for additional polymerase chain reaction testing on Public Health England’s National Microbiology Framework.