COVID-19 Tests for Individuals

Tests for individuals offers one of the leading tests for active virus infections via real-time reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). The test utilises CE-IVD approved test kits allowing use in the UK and Europe. is a registered as a provider of COVID testing services with the Department of Health and Social Care and is further approved as a provider of the official 'Test to Release' scheme for international arrivals.

Our tests can be accessed in two different ways:

Our tests can be used for:

  • Screening within families or the workplace
  • Screening for outward travel (the laboratory certificate provided can be used as a COVID-free travel certificate)
  • Symptomatic testing (through postal services only)
  • Day 2 and 8 International Arrivals (through postal services only)
  • Test to Release Scheme (through test centre services only - postal coming soon)

The laboratory multiplex RT-qPCR kit uses proven primer and probe sequences targeting two different genes from SARS-CoV-2 (assay N1 and assay E) and an internal human control (assay RP). This internal human control ensures that a sufficient quantity of human genetic material has been collected during the sampling process and reduces the risk of false negatives from poorly sampled or unused swabs. The primer and probe sequences have been previously defined by the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and have been extensively validated for the detection of COVID-19. Our test kits have been independently verified to achieve: 

  • Test Specificity 99%.
  • Test Sensitivity 99.43%.

Tests are available for home or business sampling across England, Wales and Scotland directly through (Test Centres or Postal options) or via our network of clinical test partners and resellers. We are unable to provide services to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at this time.

The Honeyman Group Laboratory uses a myriad of PCR instruments including Agilent Aria, Qiagen Rotor-gene, Roche LightCycler and the Thermo Piko Real.

The laboratory, with a capacity of up to 20,000 tests per day, is always on stand-by to assist the national testing effort as required.

If you require assistance choosing the most appropriate test, then why not use our product selector. Please bear in mind that it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that the test is suitable for their needs.

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