UK Rapid Test Consortium

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The UK Rapid Test Consortium (UK-RTC) is a United Kingdom industry consortium created to produce a lateral flow rapid test for COVID-19. Rapid tests are a form of COVID-19 testing technology that was originally developed from significant investment by the United Kingdom government to develop new forms of COVID-19 testing that provided advantages over existing forms such as PCR. Its members include Abingdon Health, BBI Solutions, CIGA Healthcare, Omega Diagnostics, and Oxford University. [1] [2]

In 2020, the consortium developed the AbC-19 rapid test to meet UK government requirements for a rapid testing solution. [2] The government ordered 1 million of the UK-RTC's rapid tests in October 2020. [3]


CIGA Healthcare will be responsible for assembly and distribution, and has also been awarded distribution to the US after recent FDA approval. [4]

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