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Evaluation of Omicron Variant to Ensure Test Effectiveness

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7th December 2021

Evaluating Omicron and Other SARS-CoV-2 Variants to Ensure Test Effectiveness

SARS-CoV-2, like all viruses, evolves over time through mutations, as it spreads and replicates. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with different sets of mutations, have been observed worldwide. Most changes have little impact on the virus’ properties. However, some may cause increased transmissibility, severity of disease or the ability to evade the host immune response. Surveillance of genetic variations is therefore crucial to identify those variants which pose a higher risk to human health.

Variants may impact the performance of current diagnostic approaches. This is why Randox continuously review public genomic databases to assess whether any emerging mutations overlap with the assay design and monitor assay performance as part of post-market surveillance efforts to ensure the coronavirus assays continue to meet the highest quality standards.

In light of the emergence of the new variant of concern detected in South Africa, Omicron (B.1.1.529), Randox have analysed all publicly available sequences of the variant to predict any impact of defining mutations on assay designs.

As the COVID-19 assays from Randox Laboratories Ltd. are designed using a dual-target approach (ORf1ab, E gene) to reduce the impact of genetic variation in the SARS-CoV-2 genome, detection of SARS-CoV-2 is not predicted to be affected by the currently known variants.

Detection of SARS-CoV-2 using the Vivalytic rapid RT-PCR tests, targeting the E gene sequence are not affected by the identified mutations. Assay performance is not predicted to be impaired by the current known variants.

Randox Laboratories Ltd., in collaboration with leading technology manufacturer Bosch Healthcare Solutions, have developed a range of COVID-19 testing solutions, providing clear and concise results in a timely manner, directly at the point of care. Randox is a distributor for Vivalytic platform and cartridges.

For all enquiries regarding our COVID-19 assays performance , please contact marketing@randox.com

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Randox welcomes CMA moves to safeguard consumer interests around PCR testing

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3rd December 2021

Randox Statement: Randox welcomes CMA moves to safeguard consumer interests around PCR testing

Responding to today’s announcement by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), a spokesman for Randox said:

“We welcome the role played by the CMA, with our full co-operation, in ensuring that consumers continue to get a fair deal during the Covid emergency.

“Randox has been happy to engage fully with the CMA from the outset to ensure in the interests of its customers while the company delivers millions of Covid-19 PCR tests to facilitate vital international travel against the changing requirements of governments.

“As the industry leader, Randox has been in the ideal position to both review the services required to support the international traveller and provide a consumer-industry standard of Terms and Conditions. These have, of necessity, evolved over time.

“In working with the CMA, Randox’s aim has been to ensure absolute fairness whilst building and providing critical services in a highly volatile and demanding environment.”

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Randox has today welcomed engagement with the CMA to optimise Covid-19 PCR testing support for international travel whilst ensuring the sustainability of critical national services.

As the industry leader Randox has been in the ideal position to both review the services required to support the international traveller, and provide a consumer-industry standard of Terms and Conditions, which have evolved over time. In working with the CMA Randox’s aim has been to ensure absolute fairness whilst building and providing critical services in a highly volatile and demanding environment.

“Both industry and the travelling public have faced significant pressures in enabling international travel,” said a spokesperson. “From an industry perspective Government required immediate and large scale investment to establish validated end-to-end testing services, supported by nationwide logistics, with fully secure reporting to both individuals and Government. Yet there were no contracts, no expected duration for services and the requirement was based on a single product – Covid-19 PCR testing. It was also evident that Government would remove the requirement for such testing as soon as practicable and would not provide any further support.”

The spokesperson went on; “At the same time as requiring significant investment and a rapid response from industry, Government retained the right to alter demand on an almost daily basis and did so frequently by moving countries between the green, amber and red lists with no notice. Government subsequently removed the country lists entirely and effectively closed the requirements for international travel PCRs by moving to lateral flow devices in October – only months after establishing services.” The decision by the Prime Minister to reintroduce PCR testing at very short notice this week, without prior notice to industry, further illustrates the challenges faced.

It had also been clear that the public were faced with highly variable pricing by a number of suppliers – some advertising low prices, but which were only available in very limited circumstances – something Grant Shapps asked the CMA to review. “From the very start Randox committed to highly competitive and transparent pricing which was available across the nation,” said the spokesperson. “Our home testing kits are available at an all inclusive price of £43 with a click and collect service at £34.99 – we know that these represent excellent value for money.”

Randox’s engagement with the CMA has provided the ability to review consumer-industry terms and conditions in the light of very hard won experience. “We do hope that other providers will consider our terms and conditions,” said the spokesperson, “and we know that the CMA will provide further guidance where required.”

The spokesperson went on; “We at Randox are very proud of what we have achieved in very demanding and volatile circumstances. We have built and sustained a reliable and cost effective service to enable international travel – meeting critical business needs and ensuring friends and families can continue to meet. We are committed to providing this service for as long as Government requires.”

 

For all media enquiries, please contact Ian Monk on ian@ianmonk.com or  +44 7970 026072 / + 44 203 011 1933

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House of Commons Debate | Randox Statement

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17th November 2021: House of Commons Debate | Randox Statement

Randox will be pleased to co-operate fully in laying before the House all the material required.

Public disclosure will demonstrate the extraordinary efficiency and value for money provided by Randox through contracts awarded in full compliance with government regulations at a time of national crisis.

Contrary to much of what has been written and broadcast, lobbying played no role in the awarding of these contracts.

The company has 40 years experience in testing and diagnostics. It is proud of its performance and delivery under the contracts awarded to it on merit by the Government. They resulted in the delivery of more than 21 million Covid tests, 15 million of them to the National Testing Programme from the start of the emergency in the Spring of 2020.

At this time, hindered by global shortages and less experience than Randox, other laboratories were simply not able to provide whole-system capabilities to deliver the tests which the World Health Organisation and the UK government agreed were crucial to combating the pandemic.

 

11th November 2021: COVID Contracts | Randox Statement

Randox  states categorically that political lobbying played no role in the award of Covid contracts to the company. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) contracts to provide Covid-19 testing were awarded on merit to Randox as the largest healthcare diagnostic company from the UK. The entire process was transparent and compliant with government regulations in a time of national crisis.

Randox has almost 40 years experience in testing and diagnostics: it was one of the first companies in the world to develop a Covid-19 test and to have developed extensive laboratory, IT and logistic infrastructure to support large scale testing operations. The decision to award Covid-19 contracts was fully validated by the company’s performance and delivery under the terms of the contracts.

The company was awarded its initial Covid contract on 30 Mar 20 and, within a short period, had exceeded the initial Covid-19 testing capability of the entire NHS.

Subsequent DHSC planning required Randox to deliver 17,000 tests per day by the end of April and more beyond then. To facilitate and ultimately enable these extraordinary levels of delivery, Randox was temporarily allocated 5 extraction systems from universities in order to increase capacity. DHSC directed the Army to collect equipment, in line with their support for all Pillar 2 laboratories.

This was a pragmatic and transparent move by the DHSC to meet a critical national need to save lives and ease overwhelming pressure on the NHS.  The extraction systems were returned once the systems ordered by Randox, against the backdrop of a global shortage of such equipment, had been delivered and installed.

Randox and its staff have striven tirelessly and innovatively to support the national Covid-19 testing effort. We are proud of our collective achievement at a time of crisis in being the only Pillar 2 laboratory to have reported in excess of 100,000 Covid-19 results in one day.

 

For all media enquiries, please contact Ian Monk on ian@ianmonk.com or  +44 7970 026072 / + 44 203 011 1933

 

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COVID Contracts | Randox Statement

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11th November 2021: COVID Contracts | Randox Statement

Randox  states categorically that political lobbying played no role in the award of Covid contracts to the company. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) contracts to provide Covid-19 testing were awarded on merit to Randox as the largest healthcare diagnostic company from the UK. The entire process was transparent and compliant with government regulations in a time of national crisis.

Randox has almost 40 years experience in testing and diagnostics: it was one of the first companies in the world to develop a Covid-19 test and to have developed extensive laboratory, IT and logistic infrastructure to support large scale testing operations. The decision to award Covid-19 contracts was fully validated by the company’s performance and delivery under the terms of the contracts.

The company was awarded its initial Covid contract on 30 Mar 20 and, within a short period, had exceeded the initial Covid-19 testing capability of the entire NHS.

Subsequent DHSC planning required Randox to deliver 17,000 tests per day by the end of April and more beyond then. To facilitate and ultimately enable these extraordinary levels of delivery, Randox was temporarily allocated 5 extraction systems from universities in order to increase capacity. DHSC directed the Army to collect equipment, in line with their support for all Pillar 2 laboratories.

This was a pragmatic and transparent move by the DHSC to meet a critical national need to save lives and ease overwhelming pressure on the NHS.  The extraction systems were returned once the systems ordered by Randox, against the backdrop of a global shortage of such equipment, had been delivered and installed.

Randox and its staff have striven tirelessly and innovatively to support the national Covid-19 testing effort. We are proud of our collective achievement at a time of crisis in being the only Pillar 2 laboratory to have reported in excess of 100,000 Covid-19 results in one day.

 

For all media enquiries, please contact Ian Monk on ian@ianmonk.com or  +44 7970 026072 / + 44 203 011 1933

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23rd October 2021: 20 million tests across the National Testing Programme and testing for travel

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23RD OCTOBER 2021: THE 20 MILLION MILESTONE 

We are pleased to let you know that on 23rd October 2021, Randox processed its 20 millionth across the UK COVID-19 National Testing Programme and testing for international travel.

That’s an incredible 20 million samples processed by our dedicated and talented staff.

Our staff are our best asset and have risen to the challenge this pandemic has created.

They have worked hard and flexibly, been creative and innovative, and pulled together as a team to make an impact in the fight against COVID-19.

We are very proud of their efforts and teamwork.

Let us once again say thank you to each and every member of Team Randox, for the efforts they have made.

What we do at Randox remains vital to the national and global management of COVID-19 and our work is making a real and positive difference.

We continue to work hard and improve, for the sake of our family, friends and communities.

For further information please email randoxpr@randox.com

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Randox Statement following ‘The One Show’ Broadcast of 28th July 2021

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Randox Statement following ‘The One Show’ Broadcast of 28th July

Randox Laboratories completely refute the general portrayal of our services as shown on ‘The One Show’, broadcast on 28th July 2021.  The cases shown are not indicative or representative of the services provided. Randox have been active within the diagnostics / testing industry for almost 40 years.

Randox Laboratories run the largest Covid-19 PCR testing laboratories in Europe and since the start of the pandemic have tested and reported over 15 million samples.  Within our operations we are fully committed to the provision of PCR testing to support international travel and fully recognise the importance of such travel, and of traveling safely.

Randox are also committed to operational efficiency and to processes of continuous improvement.  This commitment is borne out by the fact that, over an extended period, 99.9% of international travel samples received in our laboratories have been reported within 24 hours.

We understand that there are certain elements of the process that are not fully within any national testing providers’ control, particularly in the area of logistics.   As a result Randox have established a branded nationwide drop box system that returns samples direct to our laboratories 7 days a week, in which we have full confidence.  Other providers, which customers may elect to use, may have a less comprehensive service.

Testing providers’ customer support services also have to deal with enormous peaks and troughs of demand, largely as a result of changes to Government travel policy to which no forewarning is provided. The requirements placed upon the general public, regarding testing for international travel, also add significant demands for information. Randox understands the frustration that potential customers may experience, common to all testing providers, and are addressing this through improved website design, use of social media, redeployment of staff and additional recruitment to our Call Centre.

Randox have great experience in the provision of PCR testing to support international travel,  a proven record of success in reporting high volumes of samples in a timely manner, and continually seek to improve the customer experience.   Randox has every confidence in its services.

The full statement provided to BBC Watchdog

A spokesperson for Randox said: “We take our responsibilities towards our customers extremely seriously, and recognise the crucial role we play in ensuring that international travel can take place safely.  Randox are processing high volumes of COVID-19 tests to support such travel with 99.9% of private sample results, from January – June 2021, returned within 24 hours of receipt into our laboratory. Our stated aim is to provide next day results for clients who use Randox drop boxes, and within 12-24 hours of receipt of the sample at our laboratory for other courier services. We have investigated the cases which have been brought to our attention, and have been in communication with the customers.

“We are duty bound to follow government guidance in relation to travel. We are not provided with forewarning on changes to existing guidance and, therefore, we aim to be as flexible as possible and adjust our operations in a timely manner in what are often rapidly changing circumstances.  We are deploying more dedicated resources at our call centre to help address the unprecedented and growing demand for our testing services.”

Press enquiries should be emailed to randox@newcenturymedia.co.uk 

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15th May 2021: 13 million tests on the National Testing Programme

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15TH MAY 2021: THE 13 MILLION MILESTONE 

We are pleased to let you know that on 15th May 2021, Randox processed its 13 millionth sample within the UK COVID-19 National Testing Programme.

That’s an incredible 13 million samples processed by our dedicated and talented staff.

Our staff are our best asset and have risen to the challenge this pandemic has created.

They have worked hard and flexibly, been creative and innovative, and pulled together as a team to make an impact in the fight against COVID-19.

We are very proud of their efforts and teamwork.

Let us once again say thank you to each and every member of Team Randox, for the efforts they have made.

What we do at Randox remains vital to the national and global management of COVID-19 and our work is making a real and positive difference.

We continue to work hard and improve, for the sake of our family, friends and communities.

For further information please email randoxpr@randox.com

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9th April 2021: 12 million tests on the National Testing Programme

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09TH APRIL 2021: THE 12 MILLION MILESTONE 

We are pleased to let you know that on 09th April 2021, Randox processed its 12 millionth sample within the UK COVID-19 National Testing Programme.

That’s an incredible 12 million samples processed by our dedicated and talented staff.

Our staff are our best asset and have risen to the challenge this pandemic has created.

They have worked hard and flexibly, been creative and innovative, and pulled together as a team to make an impact in the fight against COVID-19.

We are very proud of their efforts and teamwork.

Let us once again say thank you to each and every member of Team Randox, for the efforts they have made.

What we do at Randox remains vital to the national and global management of COVID-19 and our work is making a real and positive difference.

We continue to work hard and improve, for the sake of our family, friends and communities.

For further information please email randoxpr@randox.com

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Belfast City Airport Announces Covid Testing Centre with Randox

Belfast City Airport Announces Covid Testing Centre with Randox

29 March 2021

Belfast City Airport Announces Covid Testing Centre with Randox

Belfast City Airport has announced an onsite covid testing centre in partnership with leading global diagnostics firm, Randox, in preparation for the return of its international flights in the coming months.

The centre will offer both PCR tests and antigen (lateral flow) tests and will give passengers access to quick and safe testing.

Judith Davis, Airport Operations Manager at Belfast City Airport, said:

“The PCR and antigen tests are a current requirement for passengers heading to the Netherlands, and with our KLM flights due to recommence over the next month, it is imperative that we have the testing facilities in place to enable those travelling for essential reasons to be able to do so in a convenient manner.

“The testing facilities will also help with forward planning for those who are connecting through major hub airports, such as Manchester and London Heathrow, or travelling to sunshine destinations with our new airline partner, Ryanair, allowing them to take the test before they leave Northern Ireland.”

Belfast City Airport was recently the first airport in Northern Ireland to achieve the ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation for its extensive and thorough health and safety measures, such as sanitising stations throughout the terminal and requiring anyone entering to wear a face covering.

“The safety of our passengers and staff is at the forefront of our operations and those travelling to the Airport can be reassured that stringent measures are in place” Judith concluded.

David Adamson, Regional Manager at Randox Laboratories, said:

“Along the roadmap out of lockdown, testing will remain a key part of the response to COVID-19 – not only to identify cases and prevent further spread, but also to assist with a return to social and economic normality. The Randox Health Travel Centre at Belfast City Airport, providing accurate and cost-effective antigen and gold standard PCR testing, is another positive step towards the normalization of travel.

“We are pleased to be working with the airport to support their enormous efforts to restore public confidence in international travel and to get people back in the air again if and when they are required to do so.”

Work for the test centre is already underway, with H&J Martin Asset Management Services completing the fit out to include a resting area for passengers who have taken their test, and is expected to be completed over the coming weeks.

For further information please contact Amy Millar in the Randox Public Relations team; amy.millar@randox.com or 028 9442 2413

 

Randox Health offers a range of COVID-19 testing services for fit to fly, test to release, workplace testing or simply for peace of mind.

Order a home sample collection kit, book an appointment at a Randox Health Travel Centre (available in the UK and Ireland) or visit a Randox Mobile Laboratory (located at Heathrow and Liverpool Airports).

COVID-19 antibody testing is available in Randox Health Clinics.

Want to know more about Randox?

Contact us or visit our homepage to view more.

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SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Antigen Testing Pilot Study from Randox Quality Control

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SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Antigen Testing Pilot Study

12 March 2020

SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Antigen Testing Pilot Study

Randox, in partnership with QCMD, is pleased to announce a new QCMD EQA pilot study for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Antigen Testing. This new pilot is designed to evaluate a laboratory’s ability to detect SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) antigen and will provide an opportunity to assess performance against an international peer group.

QCMD is a world leading EQA / Proficiency Testing (PT) provider, dedicated to improving the quality of molecular diagnostic assays used in the detection of infectious diseases. With an extensive database of over 2000 participants in over 100 countries, QCMD is one of the largest providers of molecular EQA in the fi eld of infectious disease testing.

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    Whole PathogenAvailability of whole pathogen samples containing the entire viral genome, ensures commutability with the majority of commercial assays.

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    Smart-Phone App Results SubmissionResults can be returned via a smart-phone app so that participants using lateral flow devices can provide pictures of their device/result with the phone camera.

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    Comprehensive ReportsA real-time rapid report will be provided on submission of results. An individual report is received after each challenge, summarising laboratory performance in comparison to an international peer group.

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    EQA Management SystemIT EQA Management System (ITEMS) provides an online tool to easily manage all EQA activities from programme registration to submission of results and provision of EQA reports.

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    Not infectiousSamples containing SARS-CoV-2 antigens are inactivated and not infectious ensuring safe handling of material.

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    Suitable for Point of CareSamples are supplied liquid ready-to-use ensuring they are ideal for use at the point care.

     

    For more information visit https://www.randox.com/qcmd-sars-antigen-testing/

    For further enquiries please email marketing@randox.com

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