Roche’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Our commitment to help put a stop to the COVID-19 pandemic


Roche is deeply committed to supporting the global response to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around the world, we are working with urgency, passion and purpose each and every day to deliver high quality tests that are essential for healthcare systems and patients alike.


Timely availability and fast access to reliable, high quality tests are essential for healthcare systems.


Thomas Schinecker
Chief Executive Officer of Roche Diagnostics

Detecting SARS-CoV-2 in currently infected patients with high sensitivity

Laboratory tests


Molecular test (PCR)


The cobas® SARS-CoV-2 Test is a real-time RT-PCR test intended for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab samples from patients.

cobas® SARS-CoV-2 Test


The cobas® SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Test is a real-time RT-PCR test intended for the qualitative detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A and Influenza B in nasal or nasopharyngeal swab samples collected from patients. 

cobas® SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Test


Both tests can run on Roche’s fully automated cobas® 6800 system under Emergency Use Authorization. Both tests are also available for countries accepting the CE-mark.

cobas® 6800 System

Point of Care tests


Molecular test (PCR)


The cobas® SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B Assay is an automated point of care multiplex real-time RT-PCR assay intended for the simultaneous rapid in vitro qualitative detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2., influenza A, and influenza B in nasopharyngeal and nasal swabs from patients suspected of respiratory viral infection.



The test is run on Roche's molecular point-of-care PCR testing solution, the cobas® Liat® System, under Emergency Use Authorization. It is also available for countries accepting the CE-mark.


Rapid antigen test


The SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test is a reliable, rapid chromatopgraphic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of specific antigens of SARS-CoV-2 present in the human nasopharynx.

SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test

How the SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test works

Detecting a patient’s immune response to SARS CoV-2 with high specificity

Laboratory tests


Antibody test


Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 is an immunoassay for the in vitro qualitative detection of antibodies (including IgG) to SARS-CoV-2 in human serum and plasma. The test is intended as an aid in the determination of the immune reaction to SARS-CoV-2.

Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2


Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 S is an immunoassay for the in vitro quantitative determination of antibodies (including IgG) to the SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein receptor binding domain (RBD) in human serum and plasma.

Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 S


The electrochemiluminescence immunoassay “ECLIA” is intended for use on cobas e immunoassay analyzers.

cobas e 411 analyzer

cobas e 601 module

cobas e 602 module

cobas e 801 analytical unit

Point of Care tests


Rapid antibody test


The SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antibody Test is a reliable, rapid chromatographic immunoassay intended for qualitative detection of antibodies (IgM and IgG) to SARS-CoV-2 in human serum, plasma or whole blood.

The test is intended for the use as an aid in identifying individuals with an adaptive immune response to SARS-CoV-2, indicating prior infection.

SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antibody Test

How the SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antibody Test works

When to use which
SARS‑CoV‑2 diagnostic test1


Reliable diagnostic tests targeting patients that are currently infected by the virus, as well as those that have an immune response against the virus, are valuable. However, it is important to understand which tests are most suitable to use depending on their intended purpose.

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Is my sickness COVID‑19?

Tests that detect the virus


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How is my body's immune system reacting to the virus?

Tests that detect immune response and potential immunity*


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*Whether immunity is gained by individuals who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 is yet to be confirmed due to the novelty of the virus. Data presented here are based on current scientific understanding of the disease (April 2020)

An overview of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests available


Watch this video which explains the different diagnostic tests available for SARS-CoV-2 and when they are most effectively used.


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Literature update on valuable biomarkers in COVID-19

In the face of this SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, we are witnessing an increasing number of publications referring to the possible use of existing biomarkers in patients with COVID-19. Applications for biomarkers are wide-ranging and can have a pivotal impact on clinical practice. However, sifting through high volumes of information is time-consuming and no easy task. 

In order to simplify this for you, we have selected relevant - and recently published - scientific articles that explore the role of various biomarkers in COVID-19. As the COVID-19 outbreak is recent and not all published articles have been peer-reviewed, we've made sure to indicate which of these references have not benefited from this peer-review.

You can consult an overview of key messages with the help of a short summary per biomarker, as well as a summary of each article once you click on the link below.




COVID-19: coronavirus disease 2019

RT-PCR: reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction

  1. European Commision (2020). Guidelines on COVID-19 in vitro diagnostic tests and their performance (published 15 April 2020). Available from [Accessed April 2020]