- 4 Mar 2021
Date received: 17 Dec 2020
Date responded: 3 Mar 2021
What limits on amplication on the PCR test does Scotland use and/or recommend?
Please send me any directive or letter authorising this.
On 21 December Public Health Scotland published an updated version of Covid-19 Laboratory Testing - Frequently Asked Questions. You can find it here:
Each manufacturer of the RT-PCR test will recommend a differing maximum amplification cycle number when determining the presence of SARS CoV-2, but a maximum of around 40 amplification cycles is typically recommended by test manufacturers.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House