In view of the increase in the use of home testing kits to detect coronavirus infection, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued new guidelines to manufacturers, suppliers and sellers of home antigen testing kits in the city.
In an order issued Thursday, the state agency has instructed people responsible for the manufacture, supply and sale of home antigen testing kits to submit certain details to civil authorities and the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in a prescribed format every day. ) to email.
It is necessary to report the results of all COVID-19 testing performed using rapid antigen test kits or home test kits, by labs or individuals via mobile applications to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in the order indicated.
The civil body further said that in some cases, the results of home test kits have not been reported to the ICMR, causing authorities to lose track of patients, which in turn leads to further spread of the infection.
“Therefore, it is necessary to monitor such individuals in order to contain the spread of the virus,” the BMC injunction said.
Under the new guidelines, manufacturers and distributors of home testing kits have been asked to provide details of the number of kits sold to pharmacies and medical stores in Mumbai to the FDA Commissioner and the public agency.
Pharmacies and medical stores have been instructed to email the details of test kits sold to customers in a prescribed format at 6 p.m. each day.
According to the guidelines, the FDA commissioner will monitor the distribution and sale of kits from all pharmacies and medical stores in Mumbai and ask them to inform customers to report the test results on the given app.
The order also defined the role of the epidemiological cell and the departmental teams of the BMC.
The epidemiology cell will need to review data received via email from manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, pharmacies, medical stores and other sources and forward it to the appropriate department and medical officials for further action.
Departmental teams will have people upload their test results to the ICMR website or application and monitor patients’ health, the order noted.
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