Siemens Healthineers receives emergency use authorization from FDA for its CLINITEST rapid COVID-19 antigen self-test; new nasal swab test can be used at home or over-the-counter

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January 14, 2022 (press release) –

  • The CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test has received FDA EUA for unsupervised self-testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus by individuals age 14 and older (or adult-collected samples from individuals ages 2-13).
  • Rapid antigen testing provides results in just 15 minutes and the information can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Through nationwide retail distribution, the new self-test will be made broadly available as COVID-19 testing needs continue to grow for individuals, families, and businesses. 

Siemens Healthineers announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test,1, 2,3 providing nationwide access to a new at-home or over-the-counter self-test as COVID-19 testing needs continue to grow for individuals, families, and businesses. The easy-to-use nasal swab test is intended to aid in the rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and provides visually read test results in just 15 minutes. It is authorized for self-testing use by individuals age 14 and older or adult-collected samples from individuals ages 2 to 13 years. The test is expected to be available starting in January. Siemens Healthineers has secured dedicated production capacity for U.S. bound product in the tens of millions per month.

“Undetected COVID-19 exposure is a major driver of community spread. With the CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test, consumers will have access to a fast, reliable, and convenient test to provide additional safety,” said Christoph Pedain, PhD, Head of Point of Care Diagnostics, Siemens Healthineers. “Siemens Healthineers is proud to bring this high-quality test, already used and trusted by families, medical professionals, businesses and governments in many parts of the world, to the United States under FDA Emergency Use Authorization.”

The product comes in a specific configuration for the United States and has been evaluated in a study specifically designed for the U.S. market and fully conducted in the U.S. with laypersons, thereby covering currently circulating variants of SARS-CoV-2. Meeting the high threshold of the US FDA, the product is highly accurate, with sensitivity of 86.5% (95% CI: 79.6 to 91.3%) and a specificity of 99.3% (95% CI: 95.9 to 100.0%) compared to the nucleic acid (PCR) detection method. Sensitivity defines the test’s ability to produce a positive result in those infected with SARS-CoV-2 per the PCR reference method, and specificity defines the ability to produce a negative result in those not currently infected with SARS-CoV-2.

All clinical data has been established under Siemens Healthineers participation in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics’ (RADx) Independent Test Assessment Program (ITAP).

“The CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test detects SARS-CoV-2 antigens in people who are actively infected with the virus, making important information more readily available,” added Dr. Pedain. “We’d like to thank the U.S. Government, specifically the National Institutes of Health Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics’ Independent Test Assessment Program, for their partnership in bringing much needed tests to the American people. We know this is a critical time in this pandemic, and we will do our part in providing support.”

Reliable results can help consumers make confident, informed decisions about their daily lives, with the simplicity of a nasal swab test at home. Consumers who receive a positive test result should follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to isolate and take steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Siemens Healthineers response to the pandemic
Siemens Healthineers has distinguished itself as a provider of quality diagnostic assays to aid the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to antibody, antigen, and molecular SARS-CoV-2 tests, Siemens Healthineers offers a broad diagnostics portfolio across point of care and laboratory applications to aid in the prognosis, treatment and follow-up of COVID-19 patients. The company’s broad and differentiated menu includes hematology, coagulation, cardiac, respiratory, inflammation and infectious disease panels. Blood gas testing and imaging solutions from Siemens Healthineers deliver actionable results that aid clinicians in caring for COVID-19 patients.

For further information on the CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test, please visit

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