Speech: Response to CMA recommendations regarding PCR travel test market

Department Of Health

September 11
08:14 2021

Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid said:

It is completely unacceptable for any private testing company to take advantage of holidaymakers and we are taking action to clamp down on cowboy behaviour.

I requested a review from the Competition and Markets Authority to address exploitative behaviour in the private testing market and ensure the government is doing everything it can to crack down on excessive pricing and inaccurate claims.

Through our regular reviews and spot-checks, we have identified even more providers that were messing around with costs and have now removed 91 providers from and corrected inaccurate prices of 135 private providers who will be removed from the list if they advertise misleading prices again.

From 21 September, in order to ensure travel test providers are performing to a high legalised standard, there will be tough new penalties for companies that fail to follow the law, including fixed fines of up to 10,000.

I am reviewing the recommendations from the Competition and Markets Authority and will outline further changes shortly to ensure consumers are given the best tests at the very best prices.

Published 11 September 2021