Repeated and preventive testing for COVID-19 could help prevent closure of your company or organization. We provide a solution for at-home saliva collection followed by PCR testing in our laboratory.
Your kit should contain the following:
Scan the QR code on your personal card. Enter your company code and personal data. Then you are able to scan or type in the barcode of the saliva collection tube.
For optimal sensitivity, saliva should be collected right after waking up and before eating, drinking, smoking, using gums or mints or brushing your teeth. Samples should ideally be taken at home. It’s also important to first rinse the mouth with water and wait for 10 minutes before collecting your saliva.
Instructions for saliva collection:
Bring your saliva kit to work and deposit it in the collection box. This collection box will be transported back to the laboratory by Biogazelle. The PCR test result will be available the day after collection at the latest.
Scan your personal QR code to go to your secure online results. Now you can consult the result of your test kit or register a new test kit.
The test is based on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) that detects if there is genetic material (viral RNA) from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus present in your saliva sample.
Today, testing for the coronavirus is mainly done by collecting a nose or throat swab and detecting viruses by using the PCR method. However, collecting swab samples requires trained medical staff and is perceived as unpleasant or painful. On the other hand, quick antigen tests are also on the rise, but they too require the collection of a nose or throat swab.
Several studies, in which Biogazelle also participated, show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can also be detected in saliva. For individuals with a moderate to high viral load, believed to be the most contagious, a test via saliva is as sensitive as the classic nasal swab. This applies to both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. In addition, saliva collection does not require medical staff and is non-invasive, allowing for repeated testing.
Both quick antigen testing and saliva PCR testing are less sensitive than the nose or throat swab PCR testing and therefore should be used repetitively (at least once a week) if used for screening purposes.
The Belgian Risk Assessment Group, who defines the testing strategy, recommends to test at least once a week (latest advice from February 4th, 2021). Our personal recommendation is to test twice a week.
The quick antigen test is useful for testing people who experience symptoms. For people who are not experiencing any symptoms, a PCR test is the best choice. In contrast to the PCR test, the quick antigen test is not detecting genetic material, but proteins from the virus. Since the chance of detecting protein is lower than the chance of detecting genetic material, a quick antigen test can lead to more false negative results than a PCR test. This means that with the quick antigen test, a higher number of people who are infected with the virus can wrongly receive a negative test result. For these reasons, we will always perform a PCR test on your saliva sample. Also, a quick antigen test is typically performed on human material sampled via a swab by a medical professional, while the PCR saliva test works on self-collected saliva.
Yes, we are detecting parts of the genetic material of the virus that are not likely to change rapidly. We are constantly monitoring new variants that are found in the population, and if necessary we will adjust our test to also detect those variants.
Your test result will be available within 24 hours after shipment of your sample to our laboratory. If you entered your email address during the user registration process, you will receive an email when the results are available.
A positive result indicates that viral RNA was detected in your saliva sample, in this case, please consult your company doctor or medical officer as soon as possible, and avoid all contact with other people in the meantime.
A negative result indicates that no viral RNA was detected in your sample. However, it is still possible that you are carrying low levels of the virus, e.g. if you are in the very early or late stages of infection. Therefore, even in the case of a negative test, you should keep following all preventive measures such as good hand hygiene, wearing a mouth mask and respecting social distancing.
In exceptional cases, it will not be possible to carry out a PCR test on your sample. Usually this is because the volume of the sample is not as expected and thus the analysis is unreliable. You can contact us to find out what went wrong.
The test is very reliable for people who carry a considerable amount of genetic material of the virus in their saliva. This means that people who carry enough virus to infect other people will reliably test positive. However, if you receive a negative result, we cannot guarantee that you are not infected with the virus. Therefore, even in the case of a negative test, you should still strictly follow all preventive measures such as a good hand hygiene, wearing a mouth mask and respect social distancing.
Our laboratory carries an ISO17025 accreditation, which means that we fulfill international quality requirements, and that we are regularly audited by independent organizations to confirm that we meet all the expected quality requirements. Therefore, our test adheres to the highest quality standards.
Your sample will be stored in our laboratory for a few days, in case of technical problems that make it necessary to re-test your sample. After this period, your sample will be properly destroyed and cannot be retrieved anymore.
|delivery and pick-up of the test kits, and reservation of analysis slots||€200/4 slots|
|one-off administrative fee||€4/person|
To place your initial order please send an email to email@example.com or call +32 474 860 844. You can make a reservation for pick-up slots by mail or phone. The minimum enrollment duration for our testing scheme is 4 weeks.
You can place an order for any number of tests you would like. However, please do take into account the cost of €200 for delivery and 4x pick-up and analysis slots.
No, transport is included in the €200 delivery and pick up fee (see "What is the price of the test?" question in this FAQ).
In case you are experiencing a technical problem, you can reach us via our hotline +32 474 860844, between 7 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
Biogazelle will inform your company doctor if an unregistered saliva tube was sent. Therefore, consult your company doctor who can help you to find a solution.
In case of a positive test, your personal information is required to initiate contact tracing and inform the company physician. Your personal information is protected and is not used for any other purpose.
Yes, there is a minimum order quantity of 4 pick-up slots, with the possibility to order more than 4 slots.
Slots should be registered at least 2 days in advance. We follow a first-come-first-served principle.
Yes, but a slot should be reserved, and the agreed arrival time should be strictly respected.
Unfortunately not. Since this would delay the reporting of the results, we will not be processing samples that arrive by mail.
Unfortunately, for safety reasons, we cannot accept the return of unused testing kits or their components.
Try to avoid this scenario by taking a photo or making a paper photocopy of your card. In the event you do lose your QR code card, a new QR code can be ordered and delivered by regular mail to your company. Ordering a new QR code comes with an administrative fee of €25.