Prohibition on use of Point of Care Serology Tests, South Australia

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 within South Australia the State Coordinator has made a direction under the Emergency Management Act 2004 to prevent the use of Point of Care Serology (blood) tests as a tool to detect or diagnose COVID-19.

The purpose of this direction is to prohibit a person from using a point of care serological (blood) test (including an assay or device) as an acute illness diagnostic tool for COVID-19, as their use may adversely affect the prevention, control and abatement of the serious public health risk present by COVID-19.

This direction does not apply to employees of SA Pathology or the Department of Health and Wellbeing.

Members of the public can find a copy of the Direction in full here.

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 8.00am to 8.00pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at or

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