- Rapid antigenic tests carried out by a professional. The list of authorised tests is available on the FOPH website (White List). Either the health professional or the commissioned laboratory orders the tests.
- Pooled PCR analyses by molecular biology for SARS-CoV-2 (for example with saliva sampling).
Pooling is the grouping of a number of samples (minimum 4, maximum 25) into one single sample. In agreement with the laboratory in charge, pooling can be carried out on site or in the laboratory.
Laboratories in charge are free to define the pooling strategy themselves in compliance with the legal criteria.
Reimbursement is submitted directly by the provider (health professional or laboratory) to the canton. The canton will then settle the bill.
The company, event organiser or nightclub manager is not involved in the reimbursement process.
You cannot order tests yourself and have them refunded.
The weekly invoice should be sent by email to email@example.com. It should be addressed to:
Direction générale de la santé
Cellule COVID-19 / SMC
Unité testing protection
Rue Adrien-Lachenal 8
Businesses and companies
It consists of a weekly screening for COVID-19 of all asymptomatic volunteer employees who work at a company or any other business related site (not teleworking). The aim is to detect positive cases, even in the absence of symptoms, in order to cut the transmission lines and reduce the risk of contamination.
Employees who are in quarantine are allowed to continue working on site while in quarantine. However, they must remain in quarantine outside the work context.
Tele-working is no longer compulsory.
You provide one test per week per employee in your company. You have the possibility to undertake either :
- Rapid antigenic nasal tests (performed by a health professional)
In the case of rapid antigenic tests, a health professional will come to your company to perform the tests and take care of the logistics.
- Pooled PCR tests (minimum of 4 samples per group; self-sampling possible if the sample is salivary).
See the list of different providers you can work with. This list is not exhaustive. In addition, most laboratories perform pooled PCR tests.
To initiate testing, you must register on the site and submit a protection plan.
In the case of rapid antigenic testing, the cost of the test and analysis is reimbursed. However, cost related to the professional intervention are the responsibility of the company or business. Invoices related to manpower, protective equipment and logistics will therefore be sent to your organisation by the service provider.
In case of pooled PCR tests, the costs of the test and the analysis are reimbursed. Self-sampling is possible if the sample is salivary. Logistical start-up costs are to be expected and will be charged to the companies.
Self-tests distributed to the general public are strictly for personal use and not for corporate use. A company cannot ask its employees to use their personal self-tests as part of its testing strategy.
No, vaccinated people and people who have been cured from COVID-19 (for a period of 6 months after the end of isolation) are exempt from corporate repetitive testing. However, if they wish to participate, they have the possibility to do so.
Under no circumstances can an employer demand justification for a staff member's refusal to participate or request information on his/her immunity status (vaccination or previous infection).
Yes, and the approved protection plan should be followed even if the person is vaccinated, cured or recently tested negative.
No, only tests purchased by the providers (health professional or laboratory) are reimbursed.
Businesses and companies are not required to advance the funding.
No, the invoice for the tests and analysis is sent directly by the provider (health professional or laboratory) to the canton. Companies do not have to to advance the funding.
No, there is no participation obligation. It is simply required that every employee has the opportunity to be tested once a week.
No, testing is voluntary, so you can have your employees back on-site even if they don't get tested.
In all cases, you must continue to provide testing and implement your protection plan.
The delay is 6 months. However, if the employee develops symptoms again within this period, he or she must undergo an individual PCR test.
Companies are not directly involved in this process. The health professional is in charge of recording the results on the IT tool. Accesses are granted after validation of the protection plan and the choice of the service provider (health professional or laboratory).
A link to the IT tool is made available to companies so they can check what the service provider has recorded (non-identifying data, only a summary is entered).
No, the protection plan is not mandatory for employees returning on-site to the company. However, it is mandatory for the implementation of the repetitive testing.
You may continue to benefit from the social quarantine.
No, this is a prerequisite imposed by the Confederation to obtain reimbursement.
Exemption with regard, namely, to the social quarantine is conditional on a test being offered once a week for all employees.
No. Companies may not impose the repetives tests on their employees and neither may they have access to the test results by the employees' name.