Up to 750,000 unused coronavirus testing kits are being recalled over safety fears.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has instructed manufacturer Randox to recall its COVID-19 Home Testing Kit sent out to individuals and care settings.
The government said the decision has been taken as a “precautionary measure” to prevent any further use of these tests, adding that results from Randox tests are not affected.
It comes after Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons last month that Randox kits purchased from the government should not be used until further notice.
He said the government had identified some swabs that are not up to the “usual high standard” it expects and will be carrying out further testing of this batch.
“While we investigate further, we’re requesting that the use of these Randox swab test kits are paused in all settings until further notice,” he added
“Clinical advice is that there is no evidence of any harm, the test results are not affected.”
Instructions on returning kits to Randox can be found here.
Northern Ireland based Randox claims to have been responsible for up to 17% of total tests carried out in the UK.