Update From DCMS/DHSC On Rapid Testing (lateral flow) For People Who Don't Show Covid Symptoms

Following regular meeting with DCMS, The Department of Health and Social Care have provided NCVO with clarity on advice for organisations wishing to apply to receive rapid lateral flow test kits (testing for those who have no covid symptoms) to undertake testing of their staff who cannot work from home.

Employers can register to order free coronavirus free rapid lateral flow tests for their employees and volunteers who cannot work from home if:

  • their business or organisation is registered in England
  • their business or organisation employs 50 people or more (includes volunteers)
  • their business or organisation’s employees cannot work from home

Please note, volunteers are included in the 50 or more employees headcount for organisations to be able to receive rapid lateral flow test kits (asymptomatic testing) - this means that an organisation with 50 or more volunteers who cannot work from home can sign up to receive the rapid lateral flow test kits as described below.

Any employer (including a charity or voluntary organisation) which has a Companies House registration number can register on GOV.UK to get the forms they need to order these tests for their employees.

Charities and voluntary organisations which do not hold a Companies House registration number will be unable to register online via GOV.UK to receive these tests as the system will only accept 8 digit business registration numbers. To sign up, these organisations need to provide the information below via email to p-and-psector@dhsc.gov.uk with the email subject “National Workplace Testing - Charity”, and a team at DHSC will complete the validation process:

  • Company name
  • Charity number
  • Number of employees
  • Industry / sector
  • Email contact


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Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road

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St Helens
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Email: info@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk


Halton & St Helens VCA is an infrastructure organisation that provides advice, information and development support services to voluntary, community, not-for-profit and faith organisations and volunteers in the Boroughs of St Helens and Halton.