Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the (a) accuracy of covid-19 testing and (b) correct diagnosis of patients with covid-19 symptoms.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The accuracy of National Health Service COVID-19 diagnostic testing is being ensured through our national medical laboratory accreditation programme, overseen by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service. This ensures that new COVID-19 diagnostic tests that are brought into service have their accuracy verified in every laboratory before they are used for patient care.

Their ongoing accuracy is then monitored through programmes of internal and external quality assurance, using reference materials developed by the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control and with oversight from the United Kingdom National External Quality Assessment Service.

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