Licences of two importers supplying COVID-19 rapid antibody test kits cancelled

News date: 01 May 2020Source: https://www.deccanherald.com/business/licences-of-two-importers-supplying-covid-19-rapid-antibody-test-kits-cancelled-832102.html

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has cancelled the licenses granted to two importers who supplied COVID-19 rapid antibody test kits made by Guangzhou Wandfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics in China.

The central drug regulator has issued show cause notices to these two importers and asked to stop the import of rapid test kits based on the observation by the apex health research body ICMR. 

"The CDSCO has cancelled the licenses of two importers who imported COVID-19 rapid antibody test kits made by Guangzhou Wandfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics in China," a senior government official said. 

In a letter to drug controllers in all states and Union territories, the central drug regulator on April 28 had said that the license holders of COVID-rapid diagnostic kits from two sites in China have been asked to stop import of the said equipment in public interest.

"It is to communicate for your information and necessary that the import license holders of COVID-rapid diagnostic kits from the sites (Guangzhou Wandfo Biotech, China and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics, China) have been asked to stop import of the said equipment in public interest.