The federal government has revealed an inventory of personal suppliers of COVID-19 testing, in a bid to assist employers and people arrange their very own COVID-19 testing programmes.
The accreditation course of for personal COVID-19 testing has additionally been made quicker and extra environment friendly by a brand new system that got here into impact this week.
New laws signifies that business checks at the moment are accredited solely by means of UKAS, the UK’s Nationwide Accreditation Physique. Beforehand some suppliers of COVID-19 testing have been required to be registered each with the Care High quality Fee (CQC) and with UKAS.
This new method avoids duplicate registration processes for take a look at suppliers, while retaining the best security requirements for customers.
Lord Bethell, Minister for Well being, mentioned:
Because the demand for personal COVID-19 testing companies will increase, we have to allow enterprise organisations and people to have faith within the testing companies that they procure.
These new adjustments to the accreditation course of additionally guarantee we have now an agile and responsive regulatory setting that assists new suppliers in getting into the market however makes no compromise of the security requirements required.
The brand new UKAS accreditation scheme is a 3-stage course of that has been developed in partnership between DHSC and UKAS. This accreditation scheme simplifies the regulatory panorama for personal COVID-19 testing, permitting suppliers of testing companies to start out offering companies extra rapidly whereas demonstrating that their companies are of a top quality.
Non-public suppliers of business testing will have to be registered with the brand new scheme by 1 January.
Solely registration for COVID-19 testing is being faraway from the CQC’s remit. Suppliers will nonetheless want to stay registered with the CQC for different actions which aren’t altering.
For extra data, please see the next steerage:
DHSC: Checklist of authorised suppliers
CQC: Regulating coronavirus (COVID-19) testing
The UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the only real nationwide accreditation physique for the UK. UKAS is recognised by authorities, to evaluate in opposition to internationally agreed requirements, organisations that present certification, testing, inspection and calibration companies. UKAS is licensed by BEIS to make use of and confer the nationwide accreditation symbols (previously nationwide accreditation marks) which symbolise authorities recognition of the accreditation course of.