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.