Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation

The LTIO’s reaction to comments by Professor Alan McNally

The LTIO’s reaction to comments by Professor Alan McNally in The Times: “As the industry body for reputable testing companies and laboratories, we understand the importance played by lateral flow tests in the UK’s management of the pandemic. However, without PCR testing, we would lose our ability to detect asymptomatic infections and most importantly, vaccine evading variants. To abandon PCR tests entirely would therefore be highly irresponsible, especially as we enter the crucial winter months where Covid can spread with greater ease. PCR tests are the gold standard tests that provide the best way to protect the public. The LTIO recognises the need to improve confidence in the industry and that is why we have created our mark of quality.”