ICMR nod for 32 new RAT kits, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Ahmedabad: A fresh list of approved rapid antigen test kits was released by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday. Among the list of 32 approved kits, three are being manufactured in Gujarat. The kits meet the acceptance criteria of sensitivity and specificity, according to ICMR. The test kits have been validated as a Point of Care Test (POCT) as well as for the laboratory setup with samples collected in Viral Transport Medium (VTM). Till date, ICMR has validated 91 antigen-based rapid test kits, including 16 revalidated kits, a press release of ICMR said.

The three companies from Gujarat whose kits have been validated are LabCare Diagnostics, Premier Medical Corporation, Valsad and Meril Diagnostics, Vapi. Among the several guidelines mentioned by ICMR, one is that a false negative test result may occur if the level of antigen in a sample is below the detection limit of the test or if the sample was collected or transported improperly.

ICMR guidelines emphasize that a negative test result did not eliminate the possibility of Covid infection. “Individuals with CT values greater than or equal to 34 are unlikely to have replication-competent virus. Negative results from patients with symptom onset outside of one to five days of symptom onset should be treated as presumptive,” ICMR said.

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