Omega Diagnostics Group

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the end date is of the contract with Omega Diagnostics signed in March 2021 for the manufacture of Lateral Flow Antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2; and what the value is of that contract.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what market engagement exercise took place which led to the formation of the contract with Omega Diagnostics in March 2021 for the manufacture of Lateral Flow Antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a list of the equipment loaned by his Department to Omega Diagnostics; what the purpose is of each such loan; and what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the equipment is used exclusively for the purpose of delivering its contract with the Government formed in March 2021 for the manufacture of Lateral Flow Antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The end date for the Omega Diagnostics contract is March 2022, with the option for a further year extension if necessary. The contract is a flexible contract which does not contain any commitment to volume or value. Manufacturers worldwide with tests validated for use in the United Kingdom were invited to make proposals including licencing production and were evaluated on the basis of a range of criteria including cost, performance and location/ability to provide security of supply. We engaged with the UK Rapid Test Consortium and members were invited to provide capability statements on their ability to manufacture at scale. Based on these statements, qualified Consortium members were invited to enter precontract agreements and contract discussions.

The following table shows the equipment loaned to Omega Diagnostics and the purpose of each loan. The equipment loaned is specific mass production technology to allow increased production for lateral flow antigen tests. All equipment has been loaned under strict contractual arrangements that constrain its use solely for the purpose of Government need in addressing the pandemic. No other use of the equipment is permitted.

Equipment

Function/purpose of loan

Laminator

Laminating

Reel to reel

Plotting

Reel to reel

Plotting

Reel to reel

Plotting

Laminator

Laminating

Reel to reel

Plotting

Foil wrapper

Wrapping

Thermal transfer printer

Wrapping

Automated assembler

Cassette assembling

Automated assembler

Cassette assembling

Converging conveyor

Wrapping

Desiccant dispenser

Wrapping

Foil wrapper

Wrapping

Thermal transfer printer

Wrapping

Automated assembler

Cassette assembling

Automated assembler

Cassette assembling

Converging conveyor

Wrapping

Desiccant dispenser

Wrapping

Cutter

Cassette assembling

Cutter

Cassette assembling

Cutter

Cassette assembling

Cutter

Cassette assembling

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