COVID-19 Home Testing Kit Malaysia Guide (Updated 2021)

Last update: August 2021

In July 2021, the Ministry of Health of Malaysia has approved a list of self-test COVID-19 Test Kits for personal use. The approvals were made based on the consensus of the COVID-19 Test Kit Expert Committee. Here everything you need to know including where to buy them.

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Disclaimer

The Medical Device Authority Malaysia (MDA) advises the public to only buy COVID-19 Self Test Kits that have obtained approval from the authorities. This is because the approval is based on assessments done by the Covid-19 Test Kit Expert Commitee, which is based on performance tests done at certified laboratories. The list of approved test kits can be obtained from the website below:

https://portal.mda.gov.my/announcement/631-self-test-covid-19-test-kit-for-conditional-approval-approved.html

The public is also advised to follow the instructions of use that are stated on the labels of the respective kits to ensure that the test is used correctly and disposed of accurately and safely. Self-reporting of the results has to be done according to the instructions stated in the respective kits.

The contents of this article are created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. If you would like to speak to a pharmacist, contact us here.

What Are The Approved COVID-19 Self Test Kits In Malaysia? (Updated: August 2021)

Here is the full list of approved COVID-19 Self-Test Kits in Malaysia, according to Medical Decide Authority Malaysia.

  1. Salixium-COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Rapid Test (Saliva/ Nasal Swab Samples)
  2. Gmate® COVID-19 Ag Saliva for Home Use
  3. BERIGHT-COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device (Oral Fluid)
  4. ALLTest COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (Oral Fluid)
  5. JusChek COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (Oral Fluid)
  6. Longsee 2019-nCoV Ag & Influenza A/B Rapid Co-Detection Kit (Immunochromatography_ – Home based Use)
  7. Sichuan Xincheng SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Assay
  8. Flowflex SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test (Self-testing)
  9. STANDARD Q COVID-19 Ag Saliva Home Test
  10. ProDetect COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Self-Test (Saliva)
  11. NEWGENE Bioengineering COVID-19 Antigen Detection Kit
  12. COVID-19 Antigen Detection Kit (Colloidal Gold) Self Test Kit
  13. GRUENBANKA SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Detection Kit (Colloidal Gold Method)

Below you can find our review and guide to some of the common available COVID-19 Home Self Test Kits available in Malaysia.

ALLTest COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test

ALLTest Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test is an easy to use, self-administered test kit for screening for Covid-19. Basically, the user will place his or her saliva into the Funnel Collection Tube. The tube is placed in a holder and a buffer solution is added to the tube and mixed by squeezing the tube several times. The mixed solution is added to the specimen well and after 15 minutes, you will be able to see the result. Follow the instructions in the video below for a step-by-step guide to using ALLTest Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test.

Sensitivity 91.38%
Specificity 100.0%
Test time: 15 Minutes

Depending on the result, you should then take the following actions:

Positive Result

If you see two red lines by C and T regions, it means the result is positive (COVID-Positive). The lines can be distinct or faint.

An RT-PCR test is still required for a confirmation of a Covid-19 case. You are advised to seek medical attention immediately even though you might have no symptoms.

Negative Result

A negative result is if you see one red line by C, and no line by T. In this situation, uou probably do not have Covid-19. However, you are advised to continue monitoring for symptoms if you suspect you might be exposed to the virus as there is a chance for a false-negative result. If you do develop symptoms later on, it is advised to do a RT-PCR test, as a confirmation.

Invalid Result

If you do not see any lines, or one line by T, it is an invalid result. The test did not work. You will then need to do another test with a new test kit.

Note: This is used as a screening tool and not as a diagnostic test. Always consult your healthcare professional to be sure on the next steps. You can get a free consultation with our pharmacists on our esyms telepharmacy service.

Note: if you are looking to buy ALLTEST Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test, you can get it via one of the esyms partner pharmacies that offers it. Click below to learn more:

Salixium-COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Rapid Test

Salixium Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Kit (RTK) allows you to test yourself for COVID-19 from the comfort of your home. It’s easy to use, user friendly and can be self-administered. To use Salixium, you’ll need to download the mySALIXIUM App for ease of result generation, authentication and test tracing. Remove the contents of the package and follow the instructions.

You can watch the video below for step-by-step on how to use the Salixium home test kit. Once you have your result, you can upload it to the mySALIXIUM app which will then sync with mySejahtera and send the result to the Ministry of Health Malaysia.

Sensitivity: >91%
Specificity: 100%
Test time: 15 minutes

Note: This is used as a screening tool and not as a diagnostic test. Always consult your healthcare professional to be sure on the next steps. You can get a free consultation with our pharmacists on our esyms telepharmacy service.

Gmate® COVID-19 Ag Saliva

Gmate is another popular home self-test Rapid Antigen Test Kit (RTK) to detect Covid-19. It is similar to Salixium but instead of doing a swab, you spit your saliva into the reagent container, shake it and then drop some mixed reagent into the test kit. See the images below for instructions on how to use Gmate Rapid Antigen Test Kit.

Sensitivity: 91%
Specificity: 100%
Test time: 15 minutes

gmate saliva test instructions

Once it is done, follow the instructions below for interpretation of the result.

Upon completion of test, you should take the following actions based on the result:

Positive result

Symptomatic or non-symptomatic person that got a positive result has to undergo RT-PCR test for the true confirmation of a COVID-19 case.

Negative result

Only symptomatic people with negative RTK-Ag results shall be tested with RT-PCR.

 Invalid result

A re-test shall be done with a new sample (saliva) and a new test kit.

Note: This is used as a screening tool and not as a diagnostic test. Always consult your healthcare professional to be sure on the next steps. You can get a free consultation with our pharmacists on our esyms telepharmacy service.

ProDetect® COVID-19 Saliva Antigen Test Kit

prodetect covid 19 test kit

ProDetect® COVID-19 Saliva Antigen Test Kit was recently approved for use by MDA. Like its counterparts, it is a reliable home self-test kit for COVID-19.

Test time: 15 minutes

Directions of use (refer to video above):

First, pinch the tube of the collection device. Produce a deep cough 3-5 times and then spit into the collection funnel. Release the pinched portion and remove any access saliva using the dropper. There should be enough saliva to reach first scale line. The next step would be to add the entire buffer solution into the collection device and squeeze the mixture for 10 seconds. 2 drops of extracted specimen are then added into the testing device. You should get your result in 15 minutes. If 2 lines are visible, then it is a COVID positive results. When in doubt, please refer to the leaflet provided with the kit or consult our pharmacists.

Note: This is used as a screening tool and not as a diagnostic test. Always consult your healthcare professional to be sure on the next steps. You can get a free consultation with our pharmacists on our esyms telepharmacy service.

Where To Buy Covid-19 Saliva Self Test Kits In Malaysia?

The best place to buy a Covid-19 home self test kit is through registered operating pharmacies in Malaysia who are licensed to sell it, or your nearby healthcare facilities. It is not recommended to buy directly from random sellers you will not be able to consult a healthcare professional about the proper usage and interpretation of the kit, and it will be difficult to ascertain the authenticity of the product.

Esyms partners with licensed pharmacies that sell Covid-19 Self Test Kits in Malaysia. Visit our website to learn more and also speak to one of our pharmacists via our telepharmacy service for more information.

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