Ministry to consider approved COVID rapid diagnostic kits only

Ministry of Health and Medical Services  permanent secretary Dr James Fong while delivering his COVID-19 update on Friday, August, 27, 2021. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong says from today (September 12), the ministry will only consider COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostic Tests kits (RDT’s) approved by the Fiji Medicinal Products Board (FMPB).

He said they had seen an upsurge in the importation of the RDT kits, and added some of those were yet to be approved for any use by reliable medical authorities.

The importation of any medical testing device must have prior authorization from the FMPB in order to be imported and sold in Fiji.

“From tomorrow (12/09/2021), the Ministry of Health and Medical Services will only consider FMPB-approved COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostic Tests kits (RDT’s). Therefore, importers are advised to apply for the appropriate import license from FMPB prior to the arrival of RDT kits into Fiji,” Dr Fong said last night.

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