Rapid COVID-19
Antigen Tests

Now Available for Purchase in Ontario, Alberta & British Columbia

DISCLAIMER

In Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, the current guidance is that properly trained individuals may perform self-swabbing. Before Rapid Testing kits can be purchased, the following training materials and documents must be reviewed:

BTNX COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Testing Device Instructional Video
BTNX Rapid Response Product Manual
BTNX Rapid Response Procedure Card

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate knowledge, skills and judgement to perform the test.

Rapid antigen testing devices should only be used for screening purposes. Nucleic acid-based testing, also called molecular testing or PCR, is the gold standard to diagnose active COVID-19 infection in patients with symptoms. For more information about self-testing and antigen testing devices, please visit the Health Canada website here.

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits

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How It Works

1. Review Training & Resources

Any individual supervising or doing self-swabbing for COVID-19 rapid antigen tests must consult the training resources to ensure they have the appropriate knowledge, skills, and judgement to perform the test. 

Procedure Card Insert

Product Manual

2. Confirm your Understanding

Once you've added the Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test Kit to your cart, click the 'Terms & Conditions' checkbox to agree that you understand how to properly administer a self-swabbing COVID-19 rapid antigen test. 

Instructional Video

3. Complete Checkout

Complete the online checkout. Shipping information will be automatically calculated.

Sales of rapid tests outside of Ontario, Albert and British Columbia are not available at this time. 

Questions? Contact us!

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The Details

● The Rapid Response™ COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 viral nucleoprotein antigens in nasal and nasopharyngeal secretions. In just 15 minutes, individuals can determine a positive or negative result. If positive, individuals should adhere to their local public health guidelines and verify results with a PCR test. 

● Antigens are generally detectable in nasal secretions during the acute phase of infection. Positive results indicate the presence of viral antigens, but other diagnostic information is necessary to determine infection status.

● Negative results should be treated as presumptive, and 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.

Rapid Response Instructional Video

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Antigen Testing Devices Information & Resources

Information, regulations, and guidance around the use of rapid antigen testing devices in Canada is frequently changing. While The Canadian Shield website is updated often, we recommend referring to the Health Canada website for the most up to date information on:

Interim guidance on the use of rapid antigen detection tests for the identification of SARS-CoV-2 infection
Overview of Testing Devices for COVID-19
Antigen Testing Devices
Point-of-care and Self-testing Devices
Test Swabs
List of Authorized Testing Devices

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Is The Canadian Shield approved to sell these rapid testing devices?

A1: Yes! The Canadian Shield holds a Medical Device Establishment License from Health Canada.

Q2: Is the Rapid Response Rapid Antigen Test Approved by Health Canada?

A2: The Rapid Response COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device, manufactured by BTNX Inc., is a Health Canada authorized COVID-19 testing device.

For a full list of authorized testing devices, please visit the Health Canada website.

Q3: What is the benefit of Rapid Testing? 

A3: Rapid Tests are used as a serial screening tool whereby individuals test themselves 2 or 3 times a week to detect if they are an asymptomatic carrier of covid-19. These tests are most effective when you are infectious and are one more layer of peace of mind and safety. 

Rapid antigen testing devices should only be used for screening purposes. Nucleic acid-based testing, also called molecular testing or PCR, is the gold standard to diagnose active COVID-19 infection in patients with symptoms. For more information about self-testing and antigen testing devices, please visit the Health Canada website here

Q4: Is there an expiration date? 

A4: Yes. Like all medical devices, the Rapid Response COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing device has an expiration date listed on the outside of the kit box as well as the Cassette testing device package. This expiration date is approximately two years from the manufacturing date. 

Q5: I'm not from ON, AB or BC - when can I buy rapid tests?

A5: Provincial regulations around rapid testing for the general public are changing frequently. We will continue to update our website and social media with any changes in regulations as soon as we are able to.