Covid-19 Frequently Asked questions
All refunds are on a discretionary basis. If you wish to cancel before the order details have before your order has been prepared for despatch, then the card processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount. Please note any cancellations before despatch are not guaranteed due to the automated process in place. Any refunds, where an order has been despatched or delivered, where a card payment was made for the purchase then we will deduct the card processing fee, postage, packaging and the fulfilment centre return fee, £1.80 plus VAT will be deducted if the return is approved and subject to a quality check.
You must inform us within 10 days of your order being placed. After this date we are happy to investigate but cannot guarantee liability for missing orders we have despatched. Where appropriate we will raise a delivery dispute with the appropriate courier, please note it can take 21 days for them to investigate and respond.
The Hughes Healthcare brand is identical to the Flowflex brand, it has the same manufacturer and test kit components but simply different branding. During periods of high demand if one brand is sold out than the one available will be sent.
This will be due to the current high demand and a high volume of orders being processed throughout the day. As an example, if the box of 25 format is out of stock we will send you the box of 5 or single box as an alternative. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
If you bought the test kit from another company, you must contact them in relation to any queries.
This is classified as a travel test service which we do not offer. Please refer to the guidance issued by the destination country for the requirements and how to find an approved travel test service provider.
Your tracking details are assigned once your order has been packed and is ready for despatch from our fulfilment centre. They go live after 5pm.
Your tracking number has been assigned but will not be registered by the delivery company until they collect your order. This means you need to check around 7pm on the same day and this should be updated with live tracking details.
The lateral flow test kits are classified as medical devices. We accept returns within 14 days of purchase. We will provide you with instructions to return. Your returned product should be in its original packaging and providing the seal has not been broken or tampered with a refund (with deductions as specified on our returns page) will be issued.
A refund is processed to the original payment method and can take 7 to 10 working days.
We do not offer travel testing services; you must independently find a company which offers travel testing services which meet the requirements of your travel plans.
Bulk orders are orders for a minimum of 240 test kits or more where wholesale sales prices apply.
You may place an order directly online with us or you may contact us with your company details (name, address, contact number and email) and details of the number of test kits you require.
All email queries are responded to within 48 hours, this depends on how busy we are.
Our test kits are not linked to the NHS or any other database. Therefore, we do not offer a registration service for results.
We sell individually packed test kits and a multi-pack of 25 test kits.
Acon Laboratories, Inc is a large global diagnostics company based in the US with manufacturing facilities in the US, China and Mexico.
It is very important for us to understand exactly where these tests are made and by whom to ensure consistency of quality and supply.
We do not manufacture these test kit products, we only distribute them.
All medical devices have to follow a standard testing and certification process before they can be sold in the UK and EU.
The Flowflex SARS-Cov-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kits for Covid-19 have been through this process and are CE marked.
These test kits are fully approved for home test use.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the competent authority or regulatory body in the UK.
They do not approve tests on an individual basis but do allow manufacturers to put a CE mark on products that meet a target product profile set by the MHRA. This target product profile contains criteria that tests and test kits should meet.
The Acon Flowflex Rapid AntiGen test kit meets all of the target profile provided by the MHRA.
Public Health England is assessing tests in the UK at their laboratories in Porton Down. The Flowflex Test Kits has been submitted for review, but has yet to be called up for evaluation. When this occurs we will update our information accordingly.
The Flowflex tests detect moderate to high viral loads. Patients will have moderate to high viral loads about 3 days before symptoms start until between 7 and 10 days after symptoms start. In this window lateral flow tests, such as the Acon Flowflex tests are very effective.
A positive test should be repeated using a RT-PCR test for confirmation and entry into the national test and trace system. A negative test simply reflects a point in time, showing you do not have active COVID-19 today.
This is difficult to advise as regulatory advice differs. Some bodies advise testing twice a week, or perhaps every Monday in a standard five day week. Other guidance suggests testing every day.
Corona viruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several corona viruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before. COVID-19 is now a pandemic affecting many countries globally.
The SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test is a lateral flow chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection the nucleocapsid protein antigen from SARS-CoV-2 in nasal swab specimens directly from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first seven days of the onset of symptoms.
The SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test is a qualitative membrane based chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of the nucleocapsid protein antigen from SARS-CoV-2 in human nasal swab specimens.
When specimens are processed and added to the test cassette, SARS-CoV-2 antigens, if present in the specimen, will react with the anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody-coated particles, which have been pre-coated on the test strip. The mixture then migrates upward on the membrane by capillary action. The antigen-conjugate complexes migrate across the test strip to the reaction area and are captured by a line of antibody bound on the membrane. Test results are interpreted visually at 15 minutes based on the presence or absence of visually colored lines.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat, or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but only have very mild symptoms. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing hospital treatment. Around 1 out of every 5 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems, diabetes, or cancer, are at higher risk of developing serious illness. However, anyone can catch COVID-19 and become seriously ill. Even people with very mild symptoms of COVID-19 can transmit the virus. People of all ages who experience fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
The known limitations of the SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test are:
- The SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test is for in vitro diagnostic use only. The test should be used for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigens in nasal swab specimens only. The intensity of the test line does not necessarily correlate to SARS-CoV-2 viral titer in the
- Specimens should be tested as quickly as possible after specimen collection and at most within the hour following collection.
- Use of viral transport media may result in decreased test
- A false-negative test may result if the level of antigen in a sample is below the detection limit of the test or if the sample was collected
- Test results should be correlated with other clinical data available to the
- A positive test result does not rule out co-infections with other
- A positive test result does not differentiate between SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2.
- A negative test result is not intended to rule out other viral or bacterial
- A negative result, from a patient with symptom onset beyond seven days, should be treated as presumptive and confirmed with a molecular assay, if necessary, for clinical
- If the differentiation of specific SARS viruses and strains is needed, additional testing is required.
Results are for the identification of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid antigen. This antigen is generally detectable in upper respiratory samples during the acute phase of infection. Positive results indicate the presence of viral antigens, but clinical correlation with patient history and other diagnostic information is necessary to determine infection status. Positive results do not rule out bacterial infection or co-infection with other viruses. The agent detected may not be the definite cause of disease.
Negative results from patients more than seven days post symptom onset should be treated as presumptive and confirmed with a molecular assay, if necessary, for patient management. Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decisions. Negative results should be considered in the context of a patient’s recent exposures, history and the presence of clinical signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.