What to consider when purchasing Covid rapid antigen tests

TGA

Consumers should be aware when purchasing COVID-19 rapid antigen self-tests (for home use) that only tests that are approved by the TGA should be sold by retailers and other outlets.

Tests that are intended for use by trained laboratory staff or health care professionals should not be repackaged and marketed as self-tests.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has published a list of COVID-19 rapid antigen self-tests that are approved in Australia. PDF instructions on how to use each approved self-test can be downloaded from the TGA website.

Each pack you purchase should include the test device, additional chemical regents, a copy of the instructions on how to use the tests, and information on how to access the online instructional video. The TGA has published a consumer fact sheet that explains what COVID-19 home use tests are, how they can be used at home, and what to do when you get your result.

All rapid antigen self-tests should be in the original approved packaging. If test packs are divided and repackaged, it is possible that the test will not work properly if all components are not included or the correct instructions are not provided. If the packaging around the test kit has been damaged, or the test is exposed to excessive light or heat, it may not work properly. Consumers are advised the best assurance that the COVID-19 self-test kits they purchase will work properly is to only purchase products in their original packaging.

If you have any concerns about how COVID-19 rapid antigen self-tests are being sold in retail outlets, you can report a perceived breach or questionable practice to the TGA.

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