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What to Consider When Buying Rapid Covid Antigen Tests

Consumers should be aware when purchasing COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Self-Tests (for Home Use) that only TGA-approved tests should be sold through retailers and other outlets.

Tests intended for use by qualified laboratory personnel or healthcare professionals should not be repackaged and marketed as self-tests.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has published a list of COVID-19 rapid self-tests 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 information sheet which 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 must be in the original approved packaging. If the test packs are split and repackaged, the test may not work properly if all components are not included or if the correct instructions are not provided. If the packaging around the test kit has been damaged or if the test is exposed to excessive light or heat, it may not function properly. Consumers are told that the best assurance that the COVID-19 self-test kits they purchase will perform well is to purchase only products in their original packaging.

If you have concerns about how Rapid Self-Tests for COVID-19 Antigen are sold at point of sale, you can report a perceived violation or questionable practice at the TGA.

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