Rapid antigen tests are an option for businesses in their response to COVID-19. They’re not mandatory and won’t be suitable for everyone. It’s up to you to choose whether you want to use rapid antigen tests in your business.
From 1 December businesses that choose to use rapid antigen tests for surveillance testing will be able to directly source approved tests from the following authorised suppliers (all are nasal swabs):
Businesses need to pay for rapid antigen tests themselves.
From 15 December, if you don’t want to buy tests directly from these authorised suppliers you’ll be able to buy them from a local distributor. The Ministry of Health is currently working through the details of supply.
The Ministry of Health recommends that businesses trial different tests before committing to buying one in bulk as there are differences in processes.
Rapid antigen tests offer:
Rapid antigen tests are not:
If you choose to use rapid antigen testing in your workplace, you need to follow health and safety guidance, which you can find in the Rapid Antigen Testing FAQs.
For general information on rapid antigen testing see the Ministry of Health website, which will be updated regularly.
Rapid antigen testing(external link) — Ministry of Health
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