An update on Lateral flow tests for staff and volunteers


Employers can register to order free coronavirus free rapid lateral flow tests for their employees and volunteers who cannot work from home if:

  • their business or organisation is registered in England
  • their business or organisation employs 50 people or more (includes volunteers)
  • their business or organisation’s employees cannot work from home

Please note, volunteers are included in the 50 or more employees headcount for organisations to be able to receive rapid lateral flow test kits (asymptomatic testing) – this means that an organisation with 50 or more volunteers who cannot work from home can sign up to receive the rapid lateral flow test kits as described below.

Any employer (including a charity or voluntary organisation) which has a Companies House registration number can register on GOV.UK to get the forms they need to order these tests for their employees.

Charities and voluntary organisations which do not hold a Companies House registration number will be unable to register online via GOV.UK to receive these tests as the system will only accept 8 digit business registration numbers. To sign up, these organisations need to provide the information below via email to with the email subject “National Workplace Testing – Charity”, and a team at DHSC will complete the validation process:

  • Company name
  • Charity number
  • Number of employees
  • Industry / sector
  • Email contact

The information in this email has been provided by the Volunteering team at DCMS.


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