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Government call-out to increase testing capacity

The government updated its call-out to businesses to increase testing capacity in the UK as part of its strategy to protect the NHS and save lives.

It stated that it wants to build a large diagnostic industry in this country able to tackle this challenge in the longer term and encouraged “the innovative minds of British academia and industry” to dedicate their talents, ambitions and skills to that task.

The government wants help from businesses to increase testing capacity, with a focus, in particular, on test kits (such as nose and throat swabs, transport media and vials) and RNA extraction lab consumables (such as reagents, plates and pipette tips), as well as new or existing coronavirus tests for antigens or antibodies.

These must meet the requirement set out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. 

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