Pandemic measures, 14.10.2021

Ebikon company has to suspend Corona test offer

The Federal Office of Public Health has intervened against the provider of the coronatestonline.ch platform. The company has now brought in a lawyer.

" Kein Verkauf! Sorry (No sale! Sorry)" If you want to purchase a Covid certificate via the website www.coronatestonline.ch, you’ll currently read this message. There is also a short statement by the team of initiators, which includes Ebikon entrepreneur Bruno Aregger. It states that the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has asked them to discontinue the range of services.

The statement also emphasises that coronatestonline.ch is not an online test centre, but only publishes the offers of these services  from Germany and abroad. "The execution of the test and the issuance of certificates is the responsibility of the various providers," it continues. Coronatestonline.ch itself does not provide medical services.

BAG continues to make legal clarifications
Nevertheless, the FOPH does not seem to trust the matter.  One week after the launch of the offer, the Federal Office has legally clarified whether the method they use is lawful. "The clarifications have not yet been completed," writes Simone Buchmann of the FOPH on request. "At the moment, however, we are sticking to our assessment, which was already communicated last week, according to which such online rapid test offers are not permitted in Switzerland."

This message can currently be seen on the coronatestonline.ch website
 

As a reminder: Appointments for a self-test can be booked via coronatestonline.ch, and these tests are much cheaper than other tests. With this method, people use the antigen self-test, which is available in pharmacies, to carry out the test in front of a webcam. If the test is negative, the tested persons receive an EU certificate, which is also valid in Switzerland. Bruno Aregger asserted that the partners have all undergone official certification in the EU.

According to the current communiqué on the website, coronatestonline.ch has submitted a statement to the FOPH within the required deadline, and this statement was written by a lawyer. For the time being, however, the offer of online rapid tests has been put on hold.