Panbio™ COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test

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A simple test for COVID-19 infection detection
  • Detects active COVID-19 infection in people with or without symptoms
  • Get results in 15 minutes
  • Follow the included illustrated step-by-step instructions
  • No need to visit a busy healthcare facility where you can risk catching COVID-19


  • Uses a simple nasal swab inserted only 2cm into your nose
  • Can be used for all ages. Children under 14 years old should be supported by an adult.
  • Store between 2-30° C until use
  • Kit Contents: Test Device, Instructions for Use, Extraction Tube, Blue Cap for Tube, Buffer Solution Bottle, Nasal Swab, Tube Rack and Disposal Bag

How it works

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Buy the test kit at your local retailer or get it through your workplace testing program

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Complete your test at home

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Get results in 15 minutes

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Follow all local government guidelines. Confirmatory testing, medical advice, self-isolation, and result reporting may be required.



What is an antigen?

Antigens are proteins that are part of the COVID-19 virus. If the test detects antigens in your swab sample, it means that the COVID-19 virus is present in your body.

What is the difference between a molecular, antigen and antibody test?

There are three main types of COVID-19 tests. Molecular tests detect the genetic material of the coronavirus. The Panbio™ COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test is an antigen test. Antigen tests detects coronavirus proteins. Both molecular and antigen tests can tell you if you have an active infection. Antibody tests detect antibodies produced by your body‘s immune system in response to a previous COVID-19 infection. Antibody tests cannot be used to diagnose an active COVID-19 infection.

Will this test hurt?

When the foam end of the swab is inserted in your nose, the nasal swab is not sharp and it should not hurt. Sometimes the swab can feel slightly uncomfortable or tickly. If you feel pain, stop the test and seek advice from a healthcare provider.

How accurate is the test?

The Panbio™ COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test has been shown in clinical evaluations, performed by healthcare professionals, to correctly identify 98.1% of positive specimens and 99.8% of negative specimens. All samples were confirmed positive and negative by a RT-PCR test approved by the US FDA for emergency use. 

In clinical evaluations with 102 self-test users, the Panbio™ COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test correctly identified 100.0% of negative samples, and 95.2% of positive samples. All samples were confirmed as positive and negative by Panbio™ COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test Device (Nasopharyngeal).

Can this test be used on children?

The test can be used for all ages. Children under 14 years should be supported by an adult.

Will this test tell me if I have been infected with COVID-19 in the past?

No, this is an antigen test that only detects an active infection. Antibody tests can detect past infections.

Does this product expire?

The test has an expiration date printed on the box, and should not be used after that date.

Can I use my own swab or other swabs?

No, this is an antigen test that only detects an active infection. Antibody tests can detect past infections.

I'm pregnant. Can I use the test?

Yes. Pregnancy had no impact on the performance of the test, as described in the "Which interferences can occur?" section in the Instructions for Use.

Does this test detect the new variants?

Abbott is intently monitoring the mutations of the COVID-19 virus so we can ensure our tests can detect them, as we do with many viruses. We have conducted a thorough analysis of known variants that we’ve been able to study, and we are confident that our tests remain effective at identifying these strains. The test looks for proteins inside the COVID-19 virus that it needs to survive, and those proteins are less likely to mutate.

Can I use this test more than once?

No – each test can only be used once.


Place the swab, tube, and test device into the included disposal bag. Seal the bag tightly. Throw away the bag in a waste bin.

What does it mean if I have a positive result?

A positive test result means that proteins of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been found in your nasal swab sample. It is likely that you will need to perform self-isolation at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A positive result does not rule out coinfection with other pathogens. Please follow local guidelines for social distancing to limit the spread of the virus


Place the swab, tube, and test device into the included disposal bag. Seal the bag tightly. Throw away the bag in a waste bin.

What does it mean if I have a negative result?

A negative test result means that it is unlikely that you have COVID-19 at the time of testing. The test did not detect any antigens in your nasal swab sample, but it is possible that your test gave a false negative test result. False negative test results can be caused by several factors:

  • The amount of antigen in the swab sample may decrease over the duration of the infection.
  • The test was performed after the first 7 days of symptom onset.
  • The test may be negative before you develop symptoms.
  • The test was not performed per the instructions.
  • Specimen collection, extraction or transport was not preformed correctly.

If symptoms continue, you should repeat the test after 1-2 days, as the coronavirus may not be detectable in the early phases of infection. You are also advised to continue following guidelines for self-isolation and consult your doctor.

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