IMPORTANT: Please note that the work of the technical working group on COVID-19 diagnostic tests has been discontinued as of 17 May 2023.
Manufacturers were able to submit applications for antigen devices to be included in the EU common list until 31 March 2023, 23:59 CET. Since then, neither applications nor further details submitted by email will be considered or assessed. The technical working group and its activities will formally come to an end once the EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation is no longer in force.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Health Security Committee established in May 2021 a technical working group on COVID-19 diagnostic tests. This technical working group brought together experts from the 27 EU countries and Norway, as well as representatives from the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The aim of the technical working group was, in particular, to review the proposals put forward by EU countries as well as manufacturers for devices to be included in the EU common list of COVID-19 antigen tests. The technical working group, which met on average once a month, assessed these proposals against the criteria established by Council Recommendation EU 2021/C 24/01 as well as criteria agreed by the Health Security Committee on 21 September 2021.
In case the technical working group considered that an update of the EU common list of COVID-19 antigen tests was required, a proposal was presented to the Health Security Committee for formal agreement. Such updates concerned additions and/or removals of antigen tests, or updates regarding the availability of data and information (e.g. the publication of new validation studies). An addendum was published alongside every update of the EU common list, setting out further details and background information regarding the decisions taken by the technical working group.
All the antigen tests included in the EU common list are eligible for the issuance of EU Digital COVID Certificates. Note that COVID-19 antigen self-tests are not included in the EU common list of COVID-19 antigen
Common list of COVID-19 antigen tests
- The EU common list of COVID-19 antigen tests – agreed by the Health Security Committee
- Addendum to the EU common list of COVID-19 antigen tests – agreed by the Health Security Committee
- Council Recommendation EU 2021/C 24/01 on a common framework for the use and validation of rapid antigen tests and the mutual recognition of COVID-19 test results in the EU
- Commission Recommendation (EU) 2020/1743 of 18 November 2020 on the use of rapid antigen tests for the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection
- Commission Recommendation (EU) 2020/1595 of 28 October 2020 on COVID-19 testing strategies, including the use of rapid antigen tests
- ECDC - Considerations on the use of rapid antigen detection (including self-) tests for SARS-CoV-2 in occupational settings, 6 May 2021
- ECDC - Options for the use of rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 in the EU/EEA and the UK – first update, 26 October 2021
The European Commission does not provide details on the discussions held during the meetings of the technical working group nor does it share the contact details of its members.
Moreover, please note that the EU common list of COVID-19 antigen tests is non-exclusive. This means that other antigen tests - not included in the list - can be put on the EU market, if they correspond to the requirements valid in the Member State(s). In this context, it is not in the competence of the Commission to assess or limit an access to the markets of the EU countries, i.e. to decide, which antigen tests can be put on the market in each country. The Commission can therefore not be held responsible, if an access to the market of the Member State(s) was not granted to a particular product.