ICMR Approved labs will only conduct Covid-19 tests- AP Government


Andhra Pradesh Government on Monday issued key guidelines over conducting Covid-19 tests in the state. The government has directed that only the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved laboratories should conduct coronavirus tests and the government also ordered them not to charge more than Rs 750 for conducting rapid antigen tests.

The orders said that if the sample was sent for Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDL) examination, then they can charge up to Rs 2,800. From Today, the government has made it mandatory that all private hospitals must seek government’s permission for conducting rapid antigen tests for COVID-19.

The state government had issued orders to this extent on Monday. It made it clear that all the private laboratories must enter the data of lab examinations in the ICMR login. The AP government has directed all the private National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) approved hospitals and National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) approved laboratories to seek the permission of the nodal officer before conducting examinations.

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