Ottawa-based Spartan Bioscience announced on Saturday that Health Canada has approved its rapid COVID-19 test, approving the sale of the device.
“The Spartan test is the first truly mobile, fast PCR test for COVID-19 for the Canadian market,” the company said in a statement. “The Spartan COVID-19 system offers speed and ease of use of rapid tests, while using laboratory solution technology to test COVID-19.”
Health Canada has previously issued regulatory approval for the device – the federal government ordered 40,000 tests a month.
The federal agency limited the device to research in May, however, after finding test problems that made it unreliable.
Earlier, Spartan said Health Canada’s concern stemmed from the effectiveness of the swabs the device uses, not the machine itself.
Then the founder of the company said that the problems will be solved by the summer of 2020.
Before its use was restricted, a Canadian-made device was reported to give on-site results in less than 60 minutes, and further updates promise to reduce that time to 30 minutes.
“The Spartan system will be able to provide quality results to remote communities, industries and environments with limited access to the laboratory, helping to alleviate the burden on overburdened health facilities,” the company said in a statement.
CBC News contacted Health Canada, but did not contact him immediately.
In a statement sent by email, the Ontario Ministry of Health said it welcomed the approval of additional rapid tests.