Adrian McErlean

Dear Public Health England,

What information have you got on the pcr tests ability to know the difference between covid19 and any other coronavirus?

What information have you got on why you test for coronavirus (flu and common cold) and not covid19?

What information have you got about the false positive rates for the pcr tests?

What information have you got about the cycle rate of the pcr machines?

Yours faithfully,

Adrian McErlean

FOI, Public Health England

OFFICIAL
Dear Mr McErlean,

We acknowledge receipt of your email and request for information, which will be treated as a request for information under statutory access legislation.

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Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
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www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE uk

-----Original Message-----
From: Adrian McErlean <[FOI #734936 email]>
Sent: 09 March 2021 19:13
To: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Pcr tests

Dear Public Health England,

What information have you got on the pcr tests ability to know the difference between covid19 and any other coronavirus?

What information have you got on why you test for coronavirus (flu and common cold) and not covid19?

What information have you got about the false positive rates for the pcr tests?

What information have you got about the cycle rate of the pcr machines?

Yours faithfully,

Adrian McErlean

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OFFICIAL
Dear Adrian McErlean,

Please find attached Public Health England's response to your request.

FOI Team
Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
Tel: 020 8327 6920
www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE uk

-----Original Message-----
From: FOI <[email address]>
Sent: 10 March 2021 12:44
To: Adrian McErlean <[FOI #734936 email]>
Cc: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: OFFICIAL: RE: Case ref 3000 - Freedom of Information request - Pcr tests

OFFICIAL
Dear Mr McErlean,

We acknowledge receipt of your email and request for information, which will be treated as a request for information under statutory access legislation.

Please note that requests under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) will receive a response within 20 working days from the day following the date of receipt of your request.

If the request is for your personal data, your request has been handled as a data subject access request (SAR) under Article 15 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), then we will respond within one month of the receipt of the request.

Public Health England (PHE) is responsible for providing guidance and advice to government and front-line services for all aspects of public health. It is a designated Category 1 responder organisation under the Civil Contingency Act and this specifically includes the COVID-19 response, providing clinical expertise and wider public health advice and guidance across national and local government, the NHS and third sector. As such, you may experience delays when making statutory information access requests during the pandemic.

We will aim to address all requests promptly and within the required response timeframes. However when we are unable to meet the response timeframe we will keep requesters updated on a revised expected timescale for a response to their request. The Information Commissioner recognises this position in its recent guidance, see link: https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlo...

Public Accountability Unit
Public Health England
[Public Health England request email]
Tel: 020 8327 6920
http://www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE uk

-----Original Message-----
From: Adrian McErlean <[FOI #734936 email]>
Sent: 09 March 2021 19:13
To: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Pcr tests

Dear Public Health England,

What information have you got on the pcr tests ability to know the difference between covid19 and any other coronavirus?

What information have you got on why you test for coronavirus (flu and common cold) and not covid19?

What information have you got about the false positive rates for the pcr tests?

What information have you got about the cycle rate of the pcr machines?

Yours faithfully,

Adrian McErlean

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Please use this email address for all replies to this request:
[FOI #734936 email]

Is [Public Health England request email] the wrong address for Freedom of Information requests to Public Health England? If so, please contact us using this form:
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Disclaimer: This message and any reply that you make will be published on the internet. Our privacy and copyright policies:
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For more detailed guidance on safely disclosing information, read the latest advice from the ICO:
https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlo...

Please note that in some cases publication of requests and responses will be delayed.

If you find this service useful as an FOI officer, please ask your web manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.

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