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Symptom-free testing for businesses

If you run a business, you may wish to offer your employees access to symptom-free testing to protect your bottom line.

The best way to do this depends on how many employees your business has.

Workplace surveillance testing

Please note that this scheme is now closed to new applicants. We will continue to provide this programme to businesses who have already enrolled.

Find out more about workplace surveillance testing

Provide self-tests

Self-tests are designed to be done yourself, at home. They come with instructions that tell you what to do.

Businesses with less than twenty employees can order tests for their employees and pick them up from a local library that stocks them.

This service is available for businesses with up to 20 employees - although you can encourage your employees to visit our Symptom-free self-testing page to find out how to access self-tests individually.

If you run a small business, you may want to provide self-tests for your employees because they're:

  • Convenient - tests don't need to be done at a particular time or location
  • Easy to access - order and collect tests for your employees and distribute them yourself

How to order and collect self-tests for employees

Observed testing at a local testing site

Observed testing can be a good way for your employees to get tested. It doesn't matter how many employees you have.

Observed tests are done at local testing sites. You swab yourself under the guidance of a trained operator who then processes the test, reads the result and records it.

You may want your employees to get an observed test because:

  • They're more accurate that other types of symptom-free testing
  • They're simple and supervised to help you get it right
  • All you need to do is book at your nearest site and turn up
  • The team register your test for you

Employees should book their own observed test appointment via our Observed testing page


Read our FAQs to find out more about symptom-free testing.

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