Since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, manufacturers have been working feverishly on rapid SARS-CoV-2 tests that do not require a nasopharyngeal swab. So-called lolly saliva tests are a promising variant: These are prefabricated, layman-friendly test kits where the user only has to place the sample tube in the mouth. At PSA-Partner you can now also obtain this latest generation of Covid 19 tests in tested, certified quality at attractive wholesale conditions.
The novel lolly saliva tests make it possible to test for coronavirus easily, decentrally and cost-effectively - whether in companies, care facilities, private associations or public institutions. As a wholesaler, we are happy to support you in procuring the necessary test materials.
Please note that we only supply commercial customers such as medical facilities, authorities or educational institutions. Depending on the product, certain minimum order quantities apply. Do you regularly need a large number of Covid 19 rapid tests? Our broad procurement network at home and abroad enables us to deliver even large quantities reliably in a short time. We would be happy to submit you an individual offer!
Lolly antigen saliva tests are used for the qualitative detection of acute coronavirus infection. As with other rapid SARS-CoV-2 tests, these are antigen tests. These respond to pathogen-specific protein components. Antigen tests are not as precise as PCR laboratory tests, which still represent the highest standard in SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics. On the other hand, they can be used and evaluated independently of any laboratory infrastructure. The result is available within 10 to 15 minutes.
What is essentially new about the so-called lolly saliva tests is the simple, non-invasive form of sample collection: the unpleasant swabbing of the nasopharynx is no longer necessary. Instead, the test person takes a sample tube in the form of a "lolly" or "lollipop" and puts it in their mouth for about 10 seconds. This is enough to obtain the amount of saliva needed to detect the virus. Active participation by the person being tested is not required! This makes the lolly saliva test even easier to perform than spit or gargle tests.
The subsequent evaluation works similarly to conventional antigen tests: one mixes the saliva sample with a pre-prepared buffer solution and applies a few drops of it to the test field of the test cassette. The result is visually indicated by a colour change after about 10 minutes. A control strip indicates whether the test was carried out correctly.
Lolly saliva tests are a further development of existing rapid test systems. What are the advantages of this product innovation - especially in comparison to conventional rapid antigen tests with nasopharyngeal swabs?
The simple, painless application is a great relief for all persons who are to be tested regularly for the coronavirus. Lolly antigen tests are particularly suitable for children, people with disabilities or older people. For these groups, the traditional swab test method was often associated with fear and pain.
Until February 2021, antigen tests were only available to the population in Germany centrally - in health facilities or as a pharmacy test. With the amendment of the Medical Devices Dispensing Ordinance of 03.02.2021 by Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn, this has changed: Since then, a rapid test for self-administration may also be dispensed to end consumers under certain conditions. However, the manufacturer must ensure that the test can be carried out safely at home by laypersons.
Due to the non-invasive way of taking the sample, the new lolly saliva tests are optimally suited as a layman's test for self-application: There is no risk of injury when taking the saliva sample! The test procedure itself is designed in such a way that even laypersons can obtain a correct result if used properly. Nevertheless, we recommend that, if possible, medical professionals are consulted for the performance and interpretation of the tests.
Until February 2021, only medically trained personnel were allowed to perform a Corona antigen test. Rapid tests were therefore only available from doctors, health facilities, special test lanes or as a pharmacy test.
Since 03.02.2021, rapid tests for self-testing may also be distributed to end consumers or non-medical institutions. However, Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn has formulated some conditions that a Coronatest for home use must fulfil:
In order to place a rapid test for self-administration on the market, the manufacturer must undergo a precisely defined test procedure. Independent bodies guarantee that the products meet all the required quality criteria. As proof, the product receives a CE marking with reference to the testing body to ensure maximum transparency.
For the transitional period until CE certification, manufacturers can also apply to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) for special approval. The authority then also checks whether the Coronatest can be used safely at home by laypersons. Whether CE certification or special approval - the quality requirements for a home test remain the same.
Home tests often contain one and the same test material as those test kits intended for professional users. An important difference, however, is that a home test requires an instruction leaflet written in layman's terms. This contains detailed instructions, usually illustrated with pictures, on how to perform the rapid test correctly. It must also inform the user about what to do after a positive, negative or unclear result. - Normally, a positive antigen test is followed by a PCR laboratory test for confirmation. In addition, the package insert contains the important note that a negative test result is only a snapshot.