Guidance

Assessment and procurement of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests

How the government assesses offers of COVID-19 tests from developers for procurement and use in the UK.

Published 3 June 2020
Last updated 23 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. In 'National technical validation process for manufacturers of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) tests', updated information about technologies in the pipeline.

  2. Small amendments made to first 2 paragraphs in 'National technical validation process for manufacturers of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) tests' for clarity.

  3. Updated to reflect the new process for validating new COVID-19 viral detection tests. Previously these were assessed by a group called the Viral Detection Test Advisory Group (VTAG) but this process has changed.

  4. This guidance now only applies to viral detection testing. The guidance has been updated to reflect that the New Tests Advisory Group is no longer accepting new serology or antibody tests.

  5. First published.