Rapid antigen testing available for business

Rapid antigen tests are an option for businesses in their response to COVID-19. They’re not mandatory and won’t be suitable for everyone. It’s up to you to choose whether you want to use rapid antigen tests in your business.

Rapid antigen tests offer:

  • a much faster turnaround than a laboratory PCR test (around 15 minutes compared to 2-5 days)
  • an additional level of protection for a business’s workers, contacts, and customers.

Rapid antigen tests are not:

  • as accurate at detecting COVID-19 as nasal and saliva PCR tests (a positive RAT result must be confirmed with a PCR test)
  • used for diagnosis of people with COVID-19 symptoms
  • a replacement for existing nasal and saliva PCR tests
  • mandatory for businesses
  • acceptable for mandatory surveillance testing under the Required Testing Order (RTO)
  • a replacement for vaccination.

If you choose to use rapid antigen testing in your workplace, you need to follow health and safety guidance, which you can find in the Rapid Antigen Testing FAQs. 

Rapid antigen testing FAQ [PDF, 714 KB]

For general information on rapid antigen testing see the Ministry of Health website, which will be updated regularly.

Rapid antigen testing(external link) — Ministry of Health

Rapid antigen testing guide [PDF, 471 KB]

For more information contact covid-19poc@health.govt.nz