Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT)

Frequently asked questions

What is a Rapid Antigen Test?

A Rapid Antigen Test is a quick and effective way to test for COVID-19. The tests play an important supplemental role in screening large groups of high risk individuals for the virus.

Why use a Rapid Antigen Test?

The test helps with screening of individuals suspected of infection. Testing can be conducted onsite or via video call by trained health practitioners, and trained staff under their supervision. Results are available in 15 minutes, allowing your business to continue operating in a manner that is safe to your staff and community.

Who can carry out the Rapid Antigen Tests?

The test must only be used by registered medical practitioners or paramedics, or persons under their supervision (either in person or via video), who are trained in the correct use of the goods and the interpretation of the test results.

Who can purchase the Rapid Antigen Tests?

The test may only be administered to staff or students of a business, organisation or institution, or a person who is a patient of the registered medical practitioner who is either administering or supervising the test procedure.

What happens if a staff member tests positive?

Any individual who tests positive must be referred immediately for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm their infection. Please note that negative test results do not exclude infection with COVID-19, so face masks, social distancing and good hygiene practice must be maintained at all times.

What are the storage requirements for the Rapid Antigen Tests?

Store the rapid antigen test kits at temperature 2°C to 30°C. Avoid direct sunlight. The kit components are stable until the expiration date printed on the outer box. Do not freeze. The kits have a shelf life of 18 months.

Are the Rapid Antigen Tests approved for use in Australia?

Yes, the Wantai Rapid Antigen Tests are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods 345191.

What is included in a box of the Rapid Antigen Tests?

One box includes 50 tests. Components per box include: - Test cassette x50 - Extraction vial x50 - Swab extraction buffer 5x6mL - VTM extraction buffer 1x6mL - Disposable sterile swab x50

Precautions and safety

The rapid test kit is only used for vitro testing, and the operation should be carried out in strict accordance with the instructions. Make sure that the test is not expired (EXP Date indicated on the kit box). The test cassette cannot be reused. Wear protective clothing such as laboratory coats, disposable gloves and eye protection when handling patient samples. During the testing, the test cassette should be laid flat on the table, so as to not cause the lateral flow speed of specimen to be faster or slower and affect the test result. Further information can be found on the "instructions for use" pamphlet included in the kit box. Training and supervision can also be provided by our medical team via video call.