Government of Canada warns of unauthorized COVID-19 test kits

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Updates

The Government of Canada is warning Canadians not to buy home diagnostic test kits, including mail-in sample collection kits, claiming to diagnose or detect COVID-19 as they could provide inaccurate or false results. These products have not been authorized by Health Canada, which means they have not been reviewed for safety, quality or effectiveness.

What should I do if I purchased a test kit already?

  • If you have purchased a test kit that claims to diagnose or detect COVID-19, do not use it or rely on its results.
  • If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19, you should take an online self-assessment.
  • If you have any information on potential false and misleading advertising or the sale of products that have not been authorized by Health Canada, report it.

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