These guidelines are a revision of the “Guide to antigen testing for SARS-COV-2 in South Africa” issued in July 2021. This document is intended for use by healthcare professionals in the management of COVID-19 in South Africa.

This new document provides guidance on diagnostic tests available, on antigen tests performance and accessibility like the previous guide. However, there are new issues covered such as the use of antigen self-tests update on testing eligibility and revision of guidance on reporting results. 

*Please note*
The interim guidelines are based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus Disease  (COVID-19). The National Institute for Communicable Diseases will update these interim guidelines as needed and as additional information becomes available.