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Parliamentary question - E-005392/2020(ASW)Parliamentary question
E-005392/2020(ASW)

Answer given by Ms Kyriakides on behalf of the European Commission

Member States are responsible for the organisation and delivery of national health services and medical care. The Commission is not aware of any specific safety concerns related to use of swab tests in children but remains committed to support Member States in their efforts to strengthen their health systems.

It is important to mention that the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is expected to publish an updated guidance on schoolchildren and COVID-19 in December 2020.

Moreover, ECDC guidance on COVID-19 testing strategies and objectives[1] sets out the types of tests to be used for COVID-19 diagnosis, and states that tests can be performed outside laboratories by healthcare workers or laboratory technicians with appropriate training in sample collection, biosafety and the use of the test.

The importance of ensuring well-trained test operators was also stressed in the Commission Recommendation on rapid antigen tests for detection of Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection.[2] These are swab tests which should also be performed by trained operators and in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure their optimal performance, as also stressed by the World Health Organisation.[3]

Last updated: 22 December 2020
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