Colruyt will start selling Covid-19 self-tests from tomorrow

Colruyt will start selling Covid-19 self-tests from tomorrow
Illustration image. Credit: Belga

Supermarket chain Colruyt will start selling Covid-19 self-tests in its shops from Thursday, it announced in a press release.

Supermarkets have been allowed to sell the tests in addition to pharmacies since July, but only supermarket chain Alvo and drugstore Kruidvat did so in Belgium.

“With this, Colruyt provides an answer to the demand from customers to be able to purchase self-tests easily during their shopping trip,” said division manager of Colruyt Lowest Prices, Geert Elen.

For the distribution, the supermarket chain cooperates closely with Newpharma, Colruyt’s online pharmacy, which will also offer the tests online.

“Since the beginning of this year, Colruyt Lowest Prices offers a range of para-pharmaceutical products in more than 160 shops,” Elen said. “Offering these products fits within our ambition to contribute to a healthy lifestyle and preventive health. Selling self-tests is a logical step for us.”

Colruyt stressed that it is only selling “qualitative tests” that have been approved by the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP).

Initially, the tests will only be sold in the Colruyt supermarkets, but the sale might be extended to other Colruyt shop formulas, such as the OKay shops.

For the time being, other supermarkets are not planning to offer self-tests, a survey by the Belga News Agency shows.


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