March 01
2021
Dolores Utrilla
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22nd January 2021
Consumer, Health & Environment Covid-19 Data, Tech & IP Internal Market

Council Recommendation on strengthening the use of rapid antigen tests and on the mutual recognition of COVID-19 test results

Yesterday, the Member States unanimously agreed (by written procedure) on a Council Recommendation setting out a common framework for the use of rapid antigen tests and the mutual recognition of COVID-19 test results across the EU.

The Recommendation also includes the digital sharing of a standardised set of data between  Member States, the development of a common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, and the prioritisation of situations for the use of such tests. It further sets out that the common list of appropriate COVID-19 rapid antigen tests should be flexible enough for addition or removal of those tests whose efficacy is impacted by COVID-19 mutations.

With this measure, the Council aims to contribute to mitigating the spread of the virus and to contribute to the smooth functioning of the internal market by facilitating cross-border movement, cross-border contact tracing and treatment.

The text of the Recommendation is available here.

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