Advisory on COVID-19 antibody test kits for home use

Content originally from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership

Some UK health providers such as high street pharmacies and private clinics are offering COVID-19 antibody testing for members of the public via a fingerprick blood sample. While the laboratory tests are CE-marked and safe for use on blood drawn from the vein by a healthcare professional, they have not yet been validated by the manufacturer of the test to be used with a fingerprick sample.

It’s very important for people at home to be able to understand the reliability of the result and what it means for them. A positive result may not mean a person is immune or if they demonstrate immunity now, or how long this will last.

The Government strongly advises members of the public or organisations who have purchased these tests and received antibody results to continue to follow the Government’s advice whatever the result. Providers of the antibody testing services and the laboratories running these tests are being contacted nationally to ask that they temporarily stop offering the tests for sale until regulatory and safety concerns have been resolved.