The EU Health Security Committee agreed on Thursday on a list of rapid antigen tests that are mutually recognized by member states, as well as a common standardized data set to be included in COVID-19 test result certificates.
“The common list of rapid antigen tests is regularly reviewed by the Member States in the framework of the meetings of the Health Security Committee and, if necessary, updated in accordance with the new results of independent validation studies and the market entry of new tests Explanation from the EU Health Security Committee.
The bloc’s health chief Stella Kyriakides commented on the deal as follows: “This is particularly important when it comes to travel. Our citizens need clarity and predictability. “
The move followed a January 21 Council recommendation, in the course of which the EU leaders established a common framework for the use of rapid antigen tests and mutual recognition.
The recommendation, adopted during an informal coronavirus coordination summit, included a common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests that are considered appropriate, as well as a selection of rapid antigen tests that Member States will provide for the test results for mutual recognition of public health measures and a common standardized data set to be included in COVID-19 test result certificates to facilitate mutual recognition of rapid antigen tests.