Based on HRPA guidelines, retailers are advised to remove Genrui antigen tests from sale on a voluntary basis.
According to HPRA, more than 550 complaints have been received alleging that Genrui kits have produced false positives.
« The rapid rise in the number of reports of false positive results related to the Genrui self-test is significant, and the precautionary removal from the sale is warranted while the matter is being investigated by the manufacturer (Genrui Biotech, Shenzen, China) and its European representative, » the authority said.
They also advise against taking online tests at this time while the matter is still being investigated.
“Individuals who have obtained a positive result after using any rapid antigen self-test, including this test, should follow current public health advice on the Health, Safety and Environment website.
“HPRA will continue to contact the manufacturer to further investigate the matter and is in contact with other relevant European authorities regarding this issue.
“Individuals who have experienced a false positive or negative result can report this happening via the HPRA website – www.hpra.ie, » they added
The tests were available in a number of major Irish supermarkets, and fans who have used them have expressed concerns in recent days.