Belgium – Covid-19 coronavirus: ban on at-home tests lifted

Tine Carmeliet

On 21 September 2020, the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) announced that, as of 19 September 2020, the ban on the sale of Covid-19 at-home tests, which has been in place since March 2020, has been lifted. The at-home tests aim to detect antibodies against coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 without the intervention of a doctor. However, the FAMHP warns that difficulties may arise when interpreting the results of such tests. As false positive tests are likely, a second test should be carried out by a healthcare professional to confirm the test result. Similarly, false negative tests cannot be excluded.

This article was co-authored by Lore Van Espen.

A prior version of this post was originally published by the same authors in Practical Law – Life Sciences, October 2020 Issue (Thomson Reuters).

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