Information note on recommended selection criteria for procurement of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs)

March 2016


Publication details

Number of pages: 16
Publication date: 2016
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/HTM/GMP/2015.12.rev1



There is increasing demand for countries to improve malaria diagnosis in view of wide-scale introduction of expensive antimalarial medicines and the decreasing malaria trends in many countries. Guidance is therefore required to ensure the selection of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria that meet quality standards.

This WHO information note provides an updated list of recommended criteria for selecting RDTs for malaria, and highlights the performance of RDTs evaluated by the WHO malaria RDT product testing programme. It also provides an overview of additional considerations in the procurement of rapid tests.

It replaces all earlier versions.

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