New proposals will see commercial testing accredited solely through UKAS, making the accreditation of private COVID-19 tests faster and more efficient.
Under this proposal, the updated accreditation scheme would be mandated by government this month. The proposals will see commercial testing accredited solely through UKAS, the UK’s national accreditation body. Previously, providers of COVID-19 testing were required to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Lord Bethell, Minister for Health, said:
“The private sector has a critical role to play in fighting this dreadful virus, and I am calling on all those who can help protect our communities to step forward.
“As the demand for private sector testing increases, we need to enable private providers to be accredited in a timelier manner, while making no compromises on our rigorous safety standards.
“We want to work with private providers to get them through this new process as quickly as we can and have them contributing to the enormous efforts that have been made to increase testing capacity across the country. I urge commercial providers to join our webinar sessions, so they are fully informed of what is required when this policy is intended to come into full effect later this month.”
The DHSC is running free webinars to walk private providers through the proposed changes on the following dates:
- Tuesday 8 December, 2pm to 3pm
- Wednesday 9 December, 2pm to 3pm
- Friday 11 December, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
For more information on how to join the webinars, please read the press release.