Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 30th April 2020.

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Photo of Paul Bristow Paul Bristow Conservative, Peterborough

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.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

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.

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