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The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is aware of private-sector (non-NHS) providers undergoing UKAS accreditation who may be able to provide COVID-19 testing services.
These third-party providers have declared that they meet the government’s minimum standards for providers of Test to Release for international travel or minimum standards for private-sector providers of general COVID-19 testing (the Declaration).
The government does not endorse or recommend any particular private test provider. Individuals and employers should conduct their own research about available providers and the tests they supply. Locations by region are included next to provider names in each list.
Individuals with coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate immediately and get an NHS Test and Trace test to check if they have coronavirus.
General coronavirus testing
General coronavirus testing is available to individuals for their specific coronavirus testing needs, as well as to employers who need support setting up and running their workforce testing operations.
Free NHS testing is for individuals with symptoms or who have been advised to take a test by a medical practitioner or public service. Individuals who do not fall into these 2 categories and require a test for other reasons, such as fit-to-fly, can contact providers from the general testing list to book a private coronavirus test at their own expense.
Employers should also use the general testing list if they wish to partner with a third-party provider undergoing UKAS accreditation to provide workforce testing.
Employers partnering with third-party providers can get free test kits for their organisation by registering to order coronavirus tests for your employees by 31 March.
For private-sector employers and third-party providers looking to set up their own workforce testing sites, please read the coronavirus (COVID-19): testing guidance for employers.
Test to Release for international travel
The Test to Release scheme is not available to everyone. To find out if you can pay for a COVID-19 test to potentially reduce your self-isolation period after international travel, read the guidance on Test to Release.
There are different requirements for this scheme, which means that some providers for the general testing may not meet the minimum standards for Test to Release for international travel.
Prospective testing providers
To become an accredited test provider, please visit the UKAS website and complete an application form before making a self-declaration.
Making the declaration is a mandatory requirement for providers with effect from 1 January 2021, or before providers begin testing (whichever is later).
For providers of the Test to Release for international travel, they must make the declaration before they begin testing.
If you’re a private-sector provider who is able to offer testing services that meet the minimum standards and you also have a UKAS number, you can request to be added to the list of providers by completing the declaration form:
The 2 lists of providers are kept under review by DHSC and are continually updated.
Private providers who want to provide a testing service should clearly communicate the following to all individuals and employers:
- the benefits and drawbacks of testing
- how reliable the results will be, and what the limitations are
- what a test result means, in non-medical language
- how they are following the measures set out in this guidance
Private providers should understand what legislation and regulations they will need to follow, including around data protection and patient confidentiality, and how they will meet these as required.