Corporate targeted and repetitive testing | FAQ

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10 octobre 2021
Corporate targeted and repetitive testing
Corporate targeted and repetitive testing
Are you looking to implement targeted and repeated testing in your company? Before submitting your project online, please consult our FAQ.

General 

Which types of tests are valid?

  • 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).

 

What are pooled PCR tests?

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.
 

How is reimbursement for tests and analysis made?

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.
 

How can I order tests myself?

You cannot order tests yourself and have them refunded.
 

Who should I contact to get the invoices paid?

The weekly invoice should be sent by email to testing.covid@etat.ge.ch. It should be addressed to:

Direction générale de la santé
Cellule COVID-19 / SMC
Unité testing protection
Rue Adrien-Lachenal 8
1207 Genève
 

Who may one contact for an enquiry?

You can send all your questions to testing.covid@etat.ge.ch.  
 

Businesses and companies

What is corporate targeted and repetitive testing ?

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.
 

What is the advantage of using repetitive testing in the workplace?

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.
 

Is tele-working still compulsory?

Tele-working is no longer compulsory.
 

How does corporate repetitive testing work?

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.
     

What are the costs and fees of corporate testing?

  • 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.
     

Are self-tests allowed?

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.
 

Should vaccinated people undergo regular testing?

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).
 

Should safety measures be maintained within the company?

Yes, and the approved protection plan should be followed even if the person is vaccinated, cured or recently tested negative.
 

Are tests purchased directly by the company reimbursed?

No, only tests purchased by the providers (health professional or laboratory) are reimbursed.

Businesses and companies are not required to advance the funding.
 

Do companies have to pay the bill for the tests/analysis and then get reimbursed?

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.
 

Is a percentage of employees required to take part in repetitive testing in order to return on-site to the company?

No, there is no participation obligation. It is simply required that every employee has the opportunity to be tested once a week.
 

Is testing compulsory for any employee wishing to return to the company?

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.
 

What is the waiting period before testing an employee who has had Covid-19?

The delay is 6 months. However, if the employee develops symptoms again within this period, he or she must undergo an individual PCR test.
 

How are the results recorded on the IT tool provided by the canton?

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).
 

Is the protection plan compulsory for employees returning to their company work place?

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.
 

What happens if no employee wants to be tested?

You may continue to benefit from the social quarantine.
 

Can employees be tested at a testing centre and not within the company?

No, this is a prerequisite imposed by the Confederation to obtain reimbursement.
 

What is meant by repetitive testing? Does this imply once a week, or less or more?

Exemption with regard,  namely, to the social quarantine is conditional on a test being offered once a week for all employees.
 

Do companies have the right to demand that their employees take COVID tests every week and to know the results?

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.
 

 

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10 octobre 2021