QCOSTARICA – The Ministry of Health has announced that it has awarded Equitrón SA to the company. the first import of Covid-19 self-tests.

With this approval, Equitrón SA is authorized to bring into the country 1,500 nasal self-test kits with SARS-CoV-2 antigen, which, as the name suggests, is a self-test nasal antigen.

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The health ministry said the company licensed to bring the first self-tests to the country must keep a record of each importation, along with details of the lots and establishments in which they will be sold.

Self-tests should contain in their packaging, detailed and simple instructions on how the sample is to be collected and carried out, in addition, the label should clearly state that it is only indicative and does not provide a definitive diagnosis. . A negative result does not exclude the person from being infected and a positive result must be confirmed by PCR analysis.

The ministry stressed that the entity is not linked to the import deadlines of the authorized self-tests, nor to the prices they may have in the country and that it will periodically inform about the authorizations obtained by other companies or those interested in importing them. .