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

Real-time RT-PCR tests


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

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.

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. 

Both tests can run on Roche’s fully automated cobas® 6800 and cobas® 8800 Systems under Emergency Use Authorization. Both tests are also available for countries accepting the CE-mark.

Antibody test


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

Laboratory tests


The 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.

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

Point of care tests


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.

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


RT-PCR Antigen tests

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

Tests that detect immune response and potential immunity*


Antibody tests

*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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The value of automation in a global pandemic

Accelerating the response amid crisis

In today’s connected societies, successfully managing a global pandemic requires a modern approach to testing. Healthcare companies have demonstrated the ability to drastically reduce the development time for new assays.



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]