About the test - How good is it?
The Covid-19 swab/PCR test we are providing is the Thermo Fisher TaqPath antigen test used to detect Covid-19 active infections. It is a CE-IVD and FDA approved test and one that is currently being used by Public Health England in all their Lighthouse Hubs. The medical laboratory that runs the test is accredited by UKAS (9376) for ISO15189 standards and by CLIA-FDA. It has also been approved by the UK Department of Health and Social Care.
It is considered the gold standard in terms of accuracy, sensitivity (>99%), specificity (>99%) and limits of detection. In addition, the test has been extensively validated at the laboratory and they take part in an External Quality Assurance programme which independently assesses their performance. The laboratory has to date received 100% concordance with independent testing.