The government wants help from businesses to increase testing capacity in the UK as part of its strategy to protect the NHS and save lives.
On 2 April 2020, the government announced its new national testing strategy, including a commitment to deliver 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month, and many more beyond that. We want industry to help us in meeting that challenge.
Over time, we want to build a large diagnostic industry in this country able to tackle this challenge in the longer term. We’re encouraging the innovative minds of British academia and industry – large and small, across sectors – to dedicate their talents, ambitions and skills to that task.
This information is about helping the government produce more tests. There’s different information for getting tested for coronavirus.
In the short term, we must be focused on the challenge at hand, so we want to hear specifically from companies who can manufacture and supply new or existing types of coronavirus tests for antigens or antibodies.
These must meet the requirement set out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). MHRA has published guidance on antibody tests.
We have teams of experts evaluating all the offers received. To ensure that their time is used most effectively, please use the forms below, which ensure your offers meet our requirements and can be directed to the right expert group. We will contact you as quickly as possible if your support is needed.
The following calls for direct offers have now closed:
- the provision of laboratory capacity
- the provision of consumables reagents and equipment
Further procurement opportunities that support the UK testing strategy set out by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, can be found on contracts finder.
How to help
For enquiries about the supply of antigen test kits email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For enquiries about the supply of antibody test kits email email@example.com.