Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency) will hold, this Friday (28), an extraordinary meeting of the agency’s collegiate board. Among the subjects on the agenda, the self-tests of Covid-19. Without a public policy to guide the inclusion of exams in Brazil, the agency seeks to deepen the discussions to support a resolution in order to conduct the testing strategy.
Last Wednesday (19), the collegiate board met to decide on the permission of self-testing, but postponed the deliberation because it understood that the technical note sent by the Ministry of Health requesting authorization did not formalize a public policy. Although the ministry does not present this demand, Anvisa intends to carry out the approval process through the preparation of its own regulatory proposal. For this, it is necessary to align the information with the ministry.
The first meeting was conducted by director Romison Mota, responsible for suggesting that the vote be suspended, putting as an alternative the diligences with the Ministry of Health. Representing the federal government, were the executive secretary of the portfolio, Rodrigo Cruz, and the extraordinary secretary to face Covid-19, Rosana Leite.
The Ministry of Health defends self-testing as a complementary strategy to expand the diagnosis of Covid-19 in Brazil. The measure is intended to assist in control policies, especially in this new moment of increased transmission due to the Ômicron variant. What the representatives of the folder present are proposals to guarantee service to users who arrive with positive self-tests at the health units, as well as the preparation of professionals and the network to serve them and to notify the cases.
According to the president, the federal government intends to make it possible for the tests to be made available in pharmacies, drugstores and other health establishments so that citizens interested in buying the product have access to it and can carry out the diagnosis at home. Currently, the detection of Covid-19 needs to be done in a controlled environment, such as in basic health units, mobile stations, pharmacies, clinics, laboratories and hospitals.