Lateral flow test validation for detection of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2

Steven Hammer made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Aberdeen City Council,
I would like to request the report or publication that shows lateral flow tests have been validated for the detection of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19.

You mention on your website (at https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services... under the section entitled "Do these tests work for people without symptoms?") that

"Lateral flow tests (LFT) are validated technology, it is safe, inexpensive and the results are trusted. Extensive clinical evaluation from Public Health England and the University of Oxford show LFTs are specific and sensitive enough to be deployed for mass testing, including for asymptomatic people."

Please provide the report or evidence that supports this statement.

Yours faithfully,

Steven Hammer

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Reference: FOI-337131157
Date of request: 24/05/2021
Title of request: Lateral Flow Test

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Reference: FOI-337131157
Date of request: 24/05/2021
Title of request: Lateral Flow Test

Dear Steven Hammer,

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Access to Information Team, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen City Council

Reference: FOI-337131157
Date of request: 24/05/2021
Title of request: Lateral Flow Test

Dear Steven Hammer,

Thank you for your information request. We have completed the necessary
search for the information requested. Our response is now detailed below.

I would like to request the report or publication that shows lateral flow
tests have been validated for the detection of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 or
COVID-19.
You mention on your website (at
https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services...
under the section entitled "Do these tests work for people without
symptoms?") that
"Lateral flow tests (LFT) are validated technology, it is safe,
inexpensive and the results are trusted. Extensive clinical evaluation
from Public Health England and the University of Oxford show LFTs are
specific and sensitive enough to be deployed for mass testing, including
for asymptomatic people."
Please provide the report or evidence that supports this statement.

Please see this link:
https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/media/...

As the report or evidence that supports this statement is otherwise
accessible on the Business Growth Hub website through the above link, it
is exempt from disclosure.  In order to comply with our obligations under
the terms of Section 16 of the FOISA, we hereby give notice that we are
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Otherwise Accessible - of the FOISA.

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Thank you for your reply.

Unfortunately the document at https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/media/... is neither a report, nor does it provide evidence which supports the statement "Lateral flow tests (LFT) are validated technology, it is safe,
inexpensive and the results are trusted. Extensive clinical evaluation from Public Health England and the University of Oxford show LFTs are specific and sensitive enough to be deployed for mass testing, including
for asymptomatic people." It only repeats the quoted statement without providing evidence to support the statement or a report which shows the validation of LFTs for testing of asymptomatic people.

Please provide a report, a publication or evidence which supports the assertion that LFTs have been validated for asymptomatic testing for SARS-CoV-2, as per my original request.

Yours sincerely,

Steven Hammer

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Hammer,

 

Thank you for your request for a review, received on 22 June 2021, to
reconsider the information request FOI- 337131157 - Lateral Flow Test on
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Dear Mr Hammer

 

Thank you for your email. We have reviewed our initial response to you.
Please see our revised response below. We apologise that our first
response was not correct.

 

I would like to request the report or publication that shows lateral flow
tests have been validated for the detection of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 or
COVID-19.

You mention on your website (at
[1]https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services...
under the section entitled "Do these tests work for people without
symptoms?") that "Lateral flow tests (LFT) are validated technology, it is
safe, inexpensive and the results are trusted. Extensive clinical
evaluation from Public Health England and the University of Oxford show
LFTs are specific and sensitive enough to be deployed for mass testing,
including for asymptomatic people."

Please provide the report or evidence that supports this statement.

 

While it is the case, that this information originated from an outside
source, we do not hold a copy of the original report used.

 

We are unable to provide you with a copy of the original report as it is
not held by us. In order to comply with our obligations under the terms of
Section 17 of the FOISA, we hereby give notice that this information is
not held by us. 

 

It may be useful to note that the department of Health and Social Care
made a press release on 11 November 2020 releasing findings on Lateral
Flow Tests, which features similar wording.

This report can be found at
[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/news/oxfor....
You may wish to contact Public Health England and the University of Oxford
for more information.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

We handled your request for information in accordance with the provisions
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to
[3]FOISA reviews & appeals and [4]Your Data for more information about
your rights under FOISA.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Claire Barranger-Clark

 

 

 

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