A recall notice has been issued for almost 750,000 COVID-19 test kits due to safety concerns.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has instructed Randox to recall the ‘Randox COVID-19 Home Testing Kit’ with the Catalogue Number: EV4429 from NHS Test and Trace testing settings.
Care homes have been instructed to stop using the kits and quarantine stocks immediately. Instructions on returning kits to Randox can be found here.
Issues with the kits were first highlighted by the government last month.
The government said the risk to safety was low and test results from Randox kits were not affected. It said care homes would receive replacement kits as soon as possible.
A Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) spokesperson said: “We have high safety standards for all coronavirus tests. Following the pausing of Randox kits on 15 July, Randox have now recalled all test kits as a precautionary measure.”
The DHSC said care home residents or staff with symptoms of coronavirus could continue to book a test.
Northern Ireland based Randox says it has sent out of1.3m COVID-29 test kits, or 17% of the UK total.