TTG – Travel Industry News
August 26, 2021by Will Payne
A new app that allows travelers to perform rapid pre-travel antigen testing from their homes has been launched in the UK.
Users take the test while the app logs them, which is then verified by Certificates’ medically supervised testing screening officers.
Application-based digital certification provider Certificates said the new initiative brings a “number of benefits” to travelers, including a “tightly regulated, cost-effective, private and more trusted” test certificate before the holidays.
Once a user obtains a qualifying sidestream home test kit from an approved manufacturer in the UK, they download the Certificates app and upload a photo along with personal information to verify their identity.
Then, following a step-by-step guide, users take the test while the app records them. The video of the test, as well as the result, is verified by Certificates medically supervised testing control officers.
If the test result is negative, a certificate valid for travel and a QR code are created in the app and also sent to the user’s email address within four hours.
Those who report a positive result receive the recommended counseling by the time the test is complete, followed by an official report and support from a dedicated patient team. All results are automatically reported to Public Health England.
The quality of home samples is assessed against a professional scoring system using self-swab videos, crossed with over 25,000 samples analyzed in a PCR lab.
Liis Narusk, co-founder and CEO of Certificates, said more than 25,000 people have used the app since the company launched its first service, an app-based Covid PCR test verification system, in February. of this year.
“We are decentralizing the testing experience to users, which makes it closer to going to your GP,” she added.
“This means that money and time are saved on the need to create and maintain test centers, as well as the time and costs required to staff them, and the cost to the user of our service. verification is only £ 14.99, compared to other more expensive providers. “