The Guidance for Industry-Initiated COVID-19 Testing is intended for COVID-19 testing requested and paid for by a private enterprise for their employees, contractors, or clients. All industry-initiated COVID-19 testing must follow the process and procedures outlined in this document and the Industry-initiated COVID-19 Testing and Reporting Quick Reference Card.
Industry-initiated COVID-19 testing, requested and paid for by a private enterprise for their employees, contractors or clients is permissible in Alberta.
No specific guidance is available on specimen collection for rapid, point-of-care antigen testing.
Conducting the Test
Rapid antigen testing performed at a point-of-care site and not an accredited laboratory is not considered a diagnostic test and is considered to be outside of the provincially implemented testing processes and platforms.
Results do not need to be reported and should not be reported to the Chief Medical Officer of Health or the Zone Medical Officer of Health. Positive rapid test results will not be included in provincial surveillance and reporting. Following a positive rapid antigen point-of-care test result, individuals should be directed to access public testing or calling 811 for confirmatory testing. Employers should advise the positive case and can advise contacts of the positive case within the workplace, to isolate based on the point-of-care result. Employers are responsible for providing information regarding expectations if there are discrepant results between the point-of-care and publicly provided testing. If an outbreak is declared, testing will need to be completed by a public lab and Alberta Health Services will coordinate follow-up with the site and case as required.