The Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) said on Saturday it was waiting for more clarity on these rapid tests and asked for a legal framework for the sale of self-tests to the population. For the moment, “no rapid antigenic self-test has been approved on the European market”, points out Ann Eekchout, spokesperson for the FAMHP. Germany has provided an exception, allowing certain antigen tests intended for professional use to be purchased by the public, she said. And according to local newspapers, these are going like hot cakes on Saturday.
In Belgium, the sale of rapid antigenic tests for professional use or for self-administration is regulated by the law of 22 December 2020. They can only be sold to professionals and are therefore not available, for example in pharmacies and drugstores. supermarkets. “If rapid self-tests became available, then the sale would be regulated in a future royal decree,” says Ms Eeckhout.
The FAMHP has purchased 400,000 rapid tests and some 800,000 are also expected to be delivered soon via the Emergency Aid Instrument of the European Commission.