Kohima, July 31 (MExN): Private Hospitals registered under NHCE Act 1997 are now permitted to use Rapid Antibody Test as Point of Care (PoC) for COVID-19 testing. According to a DIPR report, the private hospitals will be permitted to use the Rapid Antibody Test subject to fulfillment of the Advisory issued on July 30 and guidelines issued by the Government/ ICMR from time to time. According to the Department of Health & Family Welfare, interested hospital/labs initiating testing through the rapid antigen PoC test are to mandatorily register with ICMR for data entry into the ICMR portal. Such hospitals/labs are to send details to the State Nodal Officer for COVID-19 Testing, Dr Robin Lotha, Joint Director to email@example.com and to contact 81190 00484 for queries. Registered private hospitals within the state are allowed to charge 15% above MRP plus GST per test from the patient(s) for COVID-19 Testing through Rapid Antigen Test. Only ICMR validated Rapid Antigen Test shall be used. The details of validated test kits list of companies / vendors of Rapid Antigen Test kits for COVID-19 can be downloaded from https://vvww.icmr.gov.in/pdf/covid/kits/List of rapid antigen kits 22Q72020.pdf.