Covid: Not all PCR test providers on the government’s list are fully accredited
The UK government has acknowledged that not all COVID-19 test providers listed on their website have full accreditation.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign travel restrictions have been set up, rescinded, revised, set back up, and then reviewed and revised again. The continual revisions and updates to the rules only occurred as responses to new data about SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19.
During it all, the one constant has been COVID-19 travel testing. Whether it be the ‘gold standard’ PCR tests or the quick and cheap lateral flow tests, COVID-19 tests for travellers have always been a formal requirement of foreign travel restrictions.
The catch had been a simple one from the start: the NHS COVID-19 tests are not to be used for foreign travel purposes. Instead, travellers can only purchase their travel COVID-19 tests from private providers listed on gov.uk.
Accreditation and government’s requirements
It is understood that for a test provider to have a place on the government’s list, they must receive authorisation from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
According to the government’s website: ‘The providers listed on GOV.UK may be at various stages of the accreditation process. They may not have full accreditation. However, they will have shown compliance with the required minimum standards as they progress through the process.
‘Providers may be removed from the lists at any point if they’re found to be not complying with the minimum standards.’
Many providers on the government’s list do not actually have full accreditation from UKAS. They merely met the ‘required minimum standards’.
This led quite a few PCR test companies to set up shop overnight when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Outrageously priced tests and poor services from the few ‘cowboy’ test providers have led even the most legitimate businesses to land a bad reputation.
The accreditation status of firms can be easily checked on the official UKAS website.
Appearing at the top of the government’s list
Moreover, many companies began registering themselves on the government’s list with increasingly absurd names to appear right at the top. As the government website lists test providers in alphabetical order, countless firms have their names start with numbers, for example, ‘007’, ‘01’ and ‘123’. There are also a few companies with punctuation and other symbols at the start of their names like, ‘!!!’, ‘#’ and ‘++’.
In addition, unassuming customers will also find companies who artfully combine both the aforementioned tactics.
Naturally, these are the private test providers shown at the top of the government’s list.
According to the I news portal, ‘“profiteering” PCR test firms removed from Government website are “reappearing under new names”’.
The same article also mentions that when ‘profiteering’ test providers are reported to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), they are removed from the government’s list.
However, the expelled companies would immediately apply for accreditation again using a different name. Passing the minimum required standards would simply allow them to reappear.
About VIVO Clinic
First things first, VIVO Clinic holds full accreditation from the UKAS.
Second, the company has been active since 2014 as part of the private healthcare industry, providing all kinds of non-surgical treatments. Essentially, VIVO Clinic is familiar with and appreciative of maintaining optimum safety standards in clinical environments and practices.
Furthermore, VIVO Clinic’s travel tests are reasonably priced, plus varying travel test options are being offered for customer convenience.
You can browse the full range of COVID-19 travel tests from VIVO Clinic here: https://vivoclinic.com/