Health inspectors have received dozens of reports that unlicensed coronavirus test kits are available online and in stores.
Six home test kits are approved for sale in supermarkets, pharmacies, chemists, and online, Healthcare and Youth Inspectorate (IGJ).
Other tests bear the European Union CE quality mark, but are only suitable for use by qualified medical staff. A separate check is required to determine if you can take the test at home.
In other cases, the test is advertised as “RIVM approved” even if the public health agency does not have a certification system. RIVM exempts many manufacturers from standard certification procedures, allowing them to get their products to market faster.
Inspectors urged consumers and retailers to see if the products for sale are on the list available on the government website.
“We had to take some action against the web shop,” an IGJ spokesman told NOS. “As a result, some shops have stopped selling tests, or the website has made it clear that fast tests are only available to healthcare professionals.”
Epidemiologist Amrish Baidjoe said there was little difference in quality between the six tests on sale, all scrutinized by RIVM. He added that more expensive tests are not always more reliable and competition is lowering prices.
He also warned people not to overestimate the reliability of their self-tests. Anyone who gets a positive result is supposed to contact the local health committee for a PCR test, but false negative results are also a risk, Baidjoe warned.
“The quality of the test results at home depends on how the person uses the test and the results they give to the results,” he said. “Tests can play a major role in the corona pandemic, but there are still many questions.”
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