Help the government increase coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity

On 2 April 2020, the government announced its new national testing strategy, including a commitment to deliver 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month. The government want industry to help in meeting that challenge and the Department of Health and Social Care has put out a call to action for assistance to increase Covid-19 testing capacity in the UK.

The government are encouraging the innovative minds of British academia and industry – large and small, across sectors – to dedicate their talents, ambitions and skills to that task.

What is needed

The government want to hear specifically from companies who can manufacture and supply:

  • consumables and equipment for coronavirus testing, in particular test kits (such as nose and throat swabs, transport media and vials) and RNA extraction lab consumables (such as reagents, plates and pipette tips).
  • new or existing types of coronavirus tests for antigens or antibodies. These must meet the requirement set out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). MHRA has published the specification for the required antibody test.

The government also want to hear from public or private sector organisations that can offer laboratory capacity. There is published guidance about the criteria laboratories need to meet to partner with a local NHS trust.

The government have teams of experts evaluating all the offers received. To ensure that their time is used most effectively, please use the forms below, which ensure your offers meet government requirements and can be directed to the right expert group. You will be contacted as quickly as possible if your support is needed.

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