Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation

LTIO response to the University College London research on lateral flow testing

The LTIO welcomes the research by the University College London and agrees that Lateral Flow Tests (LTFs) are a useful public health tool.

We’re committed to driving standards within the LFT market, and will now analyse this data against previous research. As the trade body for Covid testing companies and laboratories, our role is to ensure these tests are undertaken in the most accurate and secure way possible. Whilst LFTs are effective at detecting Covid, they do not provide the accuracy of a PCR test, the diagnostic gold standard and the only way of identifying new variants, especially among asymptomatic individuals.