The government has recommended that the maximum cost for testing samples for COVID-19 or novel coronavirus by private laboratories should not exceed 4,500 rupees. This may include 1,500 rupees as a screening test for suspect cases and additional 3,000 for confirmation tests.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued guidelines in this regard which were notified by the Union Health Ministry. All private laboratories which have NABL accreditation for real-time PCR assay for RNA virus will be allowed to conduct COVID-19 tests.
The ICMR has called for ensuring appropriate biosafety and biosecurity precautions while collecting respiratory samples - oropharnygeal and nasal swab from a patient.
All the laboratory staff involved in COVID-19 testing should be appropriately trained in good laboratory practices and performing real-time PCR. All the biomedical waste should be disposed off in accordance with national guidelines.