As reported by Ming Pao News on July 1, China has conducted inspections on the nucleic acid testing industry for more than a month. The results show that 210 testing agencies are unqualified and have been ordered to rectify the situation, while 11 have been suspended. Hunan dominates the list with more than 100 institutions.

Nucleic acid testing in China has become an essential part of anti-epidemic measures. Since May, the large-scale inspection of nucleic acid testing institutions has been implemented nationwide. This involves the qualifications of testing institutions, testing quality, personnel management, testing reagents, and other aspects.

Many provinces have announced their investigation results.

Hunan Province has investigated 657 testing institutions. One hundred three of them, including five third-party laboratories, 84 medical institutions, and 14 disease control agencies, have been ordered to rectify. Hunan Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention is on the list. Moreover, four institutions were suspended.

Sichuan announced 993 institutions were “qualified,” while 47 were ordered to rectify their situation, and four were placed under suspension.

According to incomplete statistics, more than ten provincial and municipal health commissions have completed their investigation, including Jilin, Tianjin, Gansu, and Jiangsu.

In April, China’s State Council stated that the nation has 13,100 qualified nucleic acid testing institutions. However, issues related to “false positives” and “false negatives” have become popular.

On June 2, the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council issued the “Notice on Further Strengthening the Supervision of the Whole Chain of New Coronavirus Nucleic Acid Testing.” It requires further supervision of nucleic acid testing, strict examination and approval of testing institutions and personnel, and standardized sample collection. 

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