However, to prevent self-tests from being made available again only in pharmacies or other places where non-prescription medicines are sold, the Government has put forward an exceptional regime to make rapid antigen tests available in “supermarkets, hypermarkets and respective wholesale suppliers, provided that the conditions defined by the manufacturer in the information contained in the labelling and/or in the information leaflet are guaranteed”.

"Since the population's access to these tests, as a measure to protect public health, is not consistent with the exclusive dispensation in pharmacies and places where non-prescription medicines are sold, it is important to create the conditions to maintain the permission of availability of these tests in other places”, justifies the Executive.