A CE mark has been awarded to Intelligent Fingerprinting’s VSS-GP COVID-19 Saliva Test, which provides an alternative to the more common throat and nose tests by using a swab to collect a saliva sample from inside the cheek.

The test is a lateral flow device and can be used to support frequent testing for COVID-19 in a range of settings, such as schools, workplaces and airports, and at large-scale public events. The device utilises clinical precision testing, resulting in 100 per cent sensitivity and specificity for RT-PCR-verified COVID-19 samples.

Furthermore, the test has been designed to use a minimal amount of plastic, reducing its environmental impact, while the testing strip itself is approximately 95 per cent lighter than other lateral flow devices.

Philip Hand, Executive Chairman of Intelligent Fingerprinting said: “Regular COVID-19 testing will continue to be part of our everyday lives for the foreseeable future, so it’s essential that we remove potential barriers to testing and make the whole process as simple and comfortable as possible.”

“Our saliva-based test directly addresses this challenge, combining much simpler sample collection with high levels of accuracy. I’m delighted that our test is now CE marked, and we anticipate strong demand for saliva-based testing from markets around the world.”

“We have already scaled up production capacity at our Cambridge, UK, manufacturing facility utilising existing equipment, have ISO 13485 quality control in place and given initial demand and distributor agreements, we will be able to produce our new saliva-based COVID-19 tests at a rate of four million a month by the end of 2021. We also anticipate working with a range of distribution partners to make this test available across multiple markets.”

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