(19 Apr 2021) Eurofins, a leader in bio-analytical testing with 800 laboratories across 50 countries, has confirmed that it will incorporate its worldwide COVID19 testing network into the IATA Travel Pass.
As part of the partnership, Eurofins’ dedicated COVID19 portfolio encompassing multiple test types and hundreds of COVID19 sampling stations globally will be made available through the IATA Travel Pass.
Eurofins laboratories will provide secure, verified test results to travelers using the app. The result is then checked against the IATA Travel Pass registry of national entry requirements to produce an “OK to Travel” status.
Trials of IATA Travel Pass incorporating the global Eurofins network are expected to begin with airlines piloting the digital app across multiple regions in the coming weeks.
“Fast, secure, high-quality testing is a critical element in the fight against the pandemic and enabling the return to normalised travel. Eurofins is a market leader in testing and laboratory services and since the outbreak of COVID-19, Eurofins has established widespread PCR testing capabilities, as well as a wide range of testing solutions through its SAFER@WORK™ programs; and has carried out over 15 million tests in its own laboratories, while also supporting the development of a number of vaccines. We are delighted to be partnering with IATA and to support the IATA Travel Pass, to provide the testing gold standard to ensure people can travel with security and confidence,” Gilles Martin, Eurofins’ Chairman of the Board and CEO.
IATA Travel Pass provides the infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements.
It will help travelers manage these new processes starting with understanding the requirements to travel and helping them identify labs, such as Eurofins, which are certified do to the testing.
Crucially, the app will also help to reduce the risk of test results and/or vaccine certificates being faked. A vital benefit not only to governments, but every traveller on an aircraft too.
“Verified testing is the immediate solution to give governments the confidence to open their borders to travelers,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General. “IATA Travel Pass aims to make it as simple as possible for travelers to locate certified laboratories and securely receive the test results that governments require. Our partnership with Eurofins is another mark of quality for IATA Travel Pass which is being built to the highest data security and privacy standards. Adding the extensive Eurofins network to the initiative will help travelers more conveniently adjust their travel preparations to meet the COVID19 requirements.”
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