22 April 2020 – Medsafe announces that non-approved COVID-19 test kits will be banned from sale

Type of Intervention: Regulation
Sectors Involved: Health
Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Detecting and isolating cases; Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: National Pharmaceutical agency (Min Health)

Overview: Medsafe announces that non-approved test kits will be banned from sale in NZ
Full details here: https://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/media-releases/covid-19-point-care-test-kits

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government, National – other, Medsafe’s approach is supported by the Ministry’s Chief Science Advisor and Chair of the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Group, Dr Ian Town, and the NZ Point of Care Testing Advisory group.