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UK health regulator concerned over use of rapid coronavirus tests

Exclusive: MHRA says mass testing regime in England ‘a stretch’ of its authorisation for how kits should be used

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The UK’s healthcare regulator has expressed concern to the government that its multibillion-pound mass testing programme is “a stretch” of the authorised use of rapid tests, the Guardian has learned.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the lateral flow devices to be used to find coronavirus cases but not to act as a “green light” for people who test negative to enjoy greater freedoms.

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