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Please select your COVID-19 testing from the following options:

Pre-departure Lateral Flow Antigen Test

Pre-departure Lateral Flow Antigen Test


For travel out of the UK where a certificate is required and a rapid lateral flow antigen testing is accepted.

Lateral Flow (Antigen) Test Kits


Lateral flow (antigen) test kit for self-use.

For Partnerships and Companies

Partnership & Company Bulk Testing

Multiple testing packages at significant discounts* are available
for businesses, pharmacies and clinics:

*Discount rates are based on minimum order levels.

How our viral detection kit works

Epistem’s laboratory testing services enable the fast assessment of samples to determine if an individual is infected with COVID-19.

  • Decide on how many individuals require a test. One test per individual. Test kits are delivered to a single address per order.
  • Epistem provides swabs and transport tubes to the contact address including a pre-paid envelope for their return. Alternatively, you may choose to arrange your own courier service.
  • If the virus is present, it is immediately inactivated once placed in the transport tube in the sample collection kit. Please note, it is important to follow the sampling instructions supplied carefully. If the correct genetic material is not present, the test will be deemed a fail and no definitive result can be issued. This is particularly important for flight certifications.
  • Analysis of extracted genetic material is performed using a validated methodology (RT-PCR) to confirm the presence or absence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Results are interpreted by Epistem and sent back electronically to each individual on average within 24 hours of the sample being received at Epistem. For samples reaching Epistem before 10:00am Monday to Friday, results can be supplied on the same day.

Step 1

Complete our online form, email or call our staff for more information.

Step 1, enquire online, email or phone

Step 2

Submit your order for our RT-PCR sampling kit and test.

Step 2, place order

Step 3

We'll send you your kits within the next working day.

Step 3, kits sent

Step 4

Use swabs as directed.

Step 4, use swabs

Step 5

Place your swabs into packaging.

Step 5, package swabs

Step 6

Send the samples back to Epistem's laboratory.

Step 7, sent back to Epistem

Step 7

Results will be provided electronically usually within 24 hours of receiving the sample at Epistem.

Step 7, results in 24 hours

The Requirement to Infection Test

COVID-19 testing is essential to keep individuals in as safe an environment as possible. Infection testing can help with:

Identifying asymptomatic individuals
Many people have the virus but do not show signs of infection. These individuals can subsequently infect other individuals unknowingly.
Differentiating COVID-19 from other infections
It is important to distinguish COVID-19 infections from others with similar symptoms such as the common cold and influenza.
Identifying clusters and spikes in infection
With the relaxation of quarantine measures, this could subsequently result in spikes or clusters of COVID-19 infections.
Ensuring the safety of others
The application of social distancing and sanitisation may not be sufficient to ensure the safety of others in certain situations. Testing is therefore essential.
Compliance with travel restrictions
Certain countries are enforcing local restrictions and recommend a PCR test carried out 48, 72 or 96 hours prior to travelling. Airlines may therefore require a negative-result certificate before allowing you to board a flight.
Solution to your problem

Our hotline telephone and email:

+44 (0) 161 541 2301 (8am-6pm, Mon-Sat)


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