The Selling Of COVID 19 Self Test Kits Should Be Observed To Avoid Counterfeit Products

Fake Covid Test Kits On The Rise

The Medical Device Authority should establish a standardised logo and QR code to assist customers in determining if a Covid-19 self-test kit has been authorised by the MDA. 


Fake Covid Test Kits On The Rise

The government should limit sales to pharmacies and other authorised retail outlets.

The Medical Device Authority should establish a standardised logo and QR code to assist customers in determining if a Covid-19 self-test kit has been authorised by the MDA. 

The surge in demand for COVID-19 self-test kits resulting from the fast spread of the Omicron variant. This increased demand has led to the sale of counterfeit or unauthorised test kits, which the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is very worried about.

In a recent study conducted by CAP, it was reported that pharmacies, 7-Eleven, B Mart, miscellaneous stores, and gas stations all marketed Covid-19 self-test kits. Due to their extensive distribution, we’re wondering as to whether they’ve been approved by the Medical Device Authority (MDA).

Source - SCMP

Although the MDA has authorised a list of 12 companies and their products, customers will find it very inconvenient to check at the time of purchase.

CAP wants the government to limit the sale of Covid-19 self-test kits to pharmacies and other authorised retail channels. Expanding their availability to supermarkets, convenience stores, and gas stations complicates MDA monitoring.

Additionally, there is a risk that irresponsible individuals would offer counterfeit or unauthorised Covid-19 self-test kits online. Has the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia controlled or prohibited the internet selling of self-test kits?

False-negative test results may lull a person into complacency, which contributes to the virus’s transmission and also precludes the individual from receiving early medical care.

To make it easier for customers to recognise an MDA-approved product, why not design a standard logo along with a QR code that consumers can quickly identify and, if desired, scan for product details?

The existing approach for displaying MDA’s serial number is inefficient since it requires more time to search the packaging for it than a visible logo. 

Mohideen Abdul Kader is the head of Penang’s Consumers Association.

Source – The Vibes

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