This was a request made by several brands for a few days.
Large retailers finally won their case. The sale of self-tests in supermarkets was authorized on Tuesday morning. A decree signed by Olivier Véran was published in the Official Journal indicating that « exceptionally and until January 31, 2022, self-tests for antigenic detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on nasal swab (…) can be sold at retail». «These medical devices are reserved for asymptomatic people for their personal use only.« , It is specified.
Until then, the sale of self-tests was restricted to pharmacies. But the supermarket chains (in particular E.Leclerc, Lidl, Intermarché and Système U) had been pushing for a few days to extend this authorization to supermarkets, promising to sell them at cost price. All the more so in a context of stockouts in pharmacies, faced with increasing demand.
The president of Système U, Dominique Schelcher, was the first to react. « The order authorizing the sale of self-tests was published this morning. We will be offering them at cost price in our stores in the coming days. Here is a service expected by our customers, just like masks and gels“, He congratulated on Twitter.