Care homes and the public have been told to stop using Randox test kits over safety fears.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons yesterday that Randox kits purchased from the government should not be used until further notice. Privately purchased Randox kits are not affected by the government guidance and can continue to be used.
Mr Hancock said: “We’ve identified some swabs that are not up to the usual high standard that we expect, and we’ll be carrying out further testing of this batch as a precautionary measure.
“And while we investigate further, we’re requesting that the use of these Randox swab test kits are paused in all settings until further notice.
“Clinical advice is that there is no evidence of any harm, the test results are not affected.”
Northern Ireland based Randox claims to have been responsible for up to 17% of total tests carried out in the UK.
The government said the move had been made as a precautionary measure after a failure to provide assurance documentation and that replacement kits would be provided as soon as possible.
Care homes are advised to store all unused Randox kits in a safe place to ensure they are not used and to await contact from NHS Test and Trace.
The Randox statement is the second time the government has issued a warning concerning faulty test kits. Last month, the government told care homes to destroy COVID-19 test kits made by Chinese company Citotest.