Coronavirus Antibody Blood Test
Find out if you’ve already had COVID-19 with a CE-marked laboratory blood test. Order online for only £69, collect your own sample, post it to the lab and get your results in days.
We are sorry to tell you that we have had to temporarily pause testing for coronavirus antibodies using self-collection samples because of an MHRA process review.
On the 26th May, our laboratories informed us that they had been asked by MHRA to pause the processing of self-collect finger prick samples for coronavirus antibody testing. The MHRA made this request so they could undertake a review of the end-to-end testing process. We believe this is to ensure that home sample collection with postal delivery to the laboratory is a safe and accurate way of testing coronavirus antibodies.
It is important to note that the MHRA is not saying that this test is inaccurate. They are asking the industry to pause testing while they validate results from finger-prick samples relative to venous samples. Our laboratories have reported excellent agreement between these sample types in their own validation studies.
Our laboratories use the Abbott test, which was validated by the manufacturer using venous blood samples. It is the laboratory's responsibility to validate the test using other sample types (such as finger prick samples) which they undertook with our help before we started offering this test for sale.
We identified individuals who had had Covid-19 (with a positive PCR test) and facilitated self-collection samples at home, which were sent to the laboratory by post. This is the process that MHRA wishes to validate. These samples were analysed alongside other confirmed positive and negative samples to validate the test independently. We are supporting the laboratory now with further validation work that MHRA has requested.
As well as ensuring that the laboratories conducted their own validation, we have also worked with all relevant authorities, including MHRA, to ensure that our sample self-collection kit is CE-marked and that it is identified as a COVID-19 sample to ensure safe transit by Royal Mail.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience this causes you. We are now working closely with our laboratories and MHRA to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. We recognise that many of our customers have bought tests from us and are in different stages of the testing process. Please read the following status update to see how this affects you:
I have sent my sample but not yet received my result
The laboratory will provide us with your results once MHRA has completed its review of the test. Our doctors will report on these and they will be uploaded to your dashboard as soon as they are made available.
I have activated my kit and taken the sample but have not yet posted my sample
Either post your kit and we will securely store your sample at the laboratory, or request a new kit to be completed once the labs can start testing again.
I have received my kit but have not yet activated it or taken my sample
Please retain your home sample collection kit until we advise that the lab is processing samples again.
My first sample failed and I’ve have been sent a new kit to take another sample
Please retain your home sample collection kit until we advise that the lab is processing samples again. If you have not yet received your kit, we will post it out to you as soon as the lab are processing samples again.
I posted my sample back already but have not been notified that my sample has arrived at the lab
When your sample arrives at the lab and is processed, we will let you know. The lab will provide us with your results once MHRA has completed its review. If your sample is delayed in the post and a new sample is required, we will be in touch to arrange this once the labs are processing tests again.
I have already received my result
The laboratory which processed your result conducted its own validation study on the test using a combination of finger-prick and venous samples. This validation showed excellent agreement between these sample types. The laboratory has been asked to carry out further validation by MHRA. We will contact you with the outcome of this additional work when it is complete. You should continue to follow all government guidelines for social distancing whether your test detected antibodies or not. We do not yet know whether a positive result confers immunity to COVID-19 or, if it does, how long that immunity will last.
If you purchased multiple tests, please forward this message to anyone you have given a sample collection kit to.
Our customer care team is experiencing very high call and email volumes at the moment. We are sorry if you have to wait to get through to someone in the team. We will contact you about the status of your test when we have further information.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care and is responsible for ensuring that medical devices work and are acceptably safe.
We’re a medically-led company with a team of qualified doctors and pathology experts. Our coronavirus antibody test is manufactured by a leading global laboratory test manufacturer and your sample will be analysed at a UKAS-accredited laboratory in the UK.
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