Mutual recognition of coronavirus tests should facilitate travel within the EU, contact tracing, and treatment of those infected.
The countries of the European Union have supported the initiative on the mutual recognition of coronavirus infection tests to facilitate travel within the Union. This was announced on Thursday, January 21 in a press release published following an international meeting.
“Mutual recognition of SARS-CoV2 infection test results from certified health authorities is essential to facilitate cross-border movement, cross-border contact tracing, and treatment,” it said.
The EU countries have also agreed to share data on COVID-19 through a special digital platform that will include a single list of rapid coronavirus tests, as well as standards for their use.
“The overall list of relevant rapid antigen tests for CoViD-19 should be flexible enough to add or remove those tests that depend on CoViD-19 mutations for effectiveness,” the statement said.
The message notes that the decision will help mitigate the consequences of the spread of the virus, as well as contribute to the smooth functioning of the EU internal market.