Home Test Kit Sold Online Regulator Says Not Approved

The Central Organization (CDSCO) told TOI on Sunday that no home test kits have been approved for Covid-19. The regulator also issued a public notice clarifying that it had not licensed a home test kit sold online by Pvt Ltd.

The notice followed a complaint by the All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN) about the online marketing of Covid-19 antibody rapid test kits for home use and the false marketing of products claiming to be related to Covid-19.

AIDAN had noted in its complaint that there was no way to verify Bione Ventures Pvt Ltd's claims that it had the required approvals for its home test kit because CDSCO had not yet released the list of approved test kits for the sale in India. The lists of kits for PCR tests and rapid tests that have been approved by the CDSCO were ready on Sunday and Bione Ventures Pvt Ltd was not on the list. The Bione kit is sold online for Rs 2,499 without the need for a prescription.

Bione's public relations firm told TOI that it was not possible to get a comment from the company's promoters on the matter on a Sunday.