01 Apr Conditions for use of COVID-19 antigen self-test kits
The primary goal of self-testing is to aid with the early detection of SARS-CoV-2, reduce transmission, and enable people to follow public health measures to control COVID-19 and keep societies open during the pandemic. Ag-RDT self-tests play an important role in enabling decentralised testing and thereby increasing access to testing. Self-testing using Ag-RDTs can provide real-time information and empower individuals to know their COVID-19 status and take individual-level actions accordingly. Self-testing for both symptomatic and asymptomatic, vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals can be an efficient way to limit the spread of the disease. It is important that self-testing is offered as an additional testing option, and not replace existing COVID-19 testing services.