13 April 2020 – Allowed regional authorities to use private labs for testing

Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Detecting and isolating cases; Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The Government of Spain permitted regional authorities to use private laboratories located in their regions for testing.

Accessing COVID-19 tests will require a physician’s prescription and labs are obliged to notify all new cases to the corresponding health authority.

As per the potential implications on pricing abuse and shortage of testing material, the order entitles regional authorities to regulate prices at regional level and it requires private labs to inform the Authorities as to their purchase and provisioning of testing material.
Full details here: https://www.boe.es/buscar/doc.php?id=BOE-A-2020-4442