Asymptomatic Rapid Testing
Letters have been sent to the parents/carers of those students currently attending school regarding access to COVID-19 testing on site...
the letter, consent form, privacy statement and risk assessment can be found here, in the Coronavirus Information sub-folder called “Lateral Flow Testing”.
You may have seen articles in the press and on social media that this testing had not been approved by the regulator. In response, the DfE has issued the following statement:
Regulator approval for testing in schools
A number of you may have been concerned to see the Guardian article earlier today about regulator approval for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in schools.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson has said:
“The MHRA has been clear that we do not need MHRA regulatory approval to carry out daily testing, as long as people are assisted when processing the tests.
Daily testing taking place in secondary schools is assisted testing, and therefore does not require MHRA approval.
Lateral flow devices are a vital tool to finding more asymptomatic cases and the government’s approach to testing in schools will reduce transmission.”