Translated by Ilaria Molinari
Spoedtest.nl turned out to be the provider of Corona tests that was closed down on Monday night because of allegedly falsified vaccination certificates, reports RTV Noord.
Spoedtest.nl has several testing facilities in Groningen, Drenthe, and Friesland and is one of the biggest test providers in the Netherlands. At the moment, existing QR codes remain valid, but the company will no longer be able to generate new QR codes while an investigation is ongoing.
In the past, individual employees of test providers and vaccination facilities have been suspended and arrested for fraud, but this is the first time that an entire company is accused of illegal activities. The allegation is that one or more doctors employed by Spoedtest.nl abused a system with which doctors can register vaccinations themselves in the CoronaCheck app, an option that was introduced after problems emerged in data-sharing between GP systems and the app. Spoedtest.nl is allowed only to issue test certificates, not proof of vaccination.
“We aim at blocking as many fraudulent certificates as possible,” said a Health Ministry spokesperson. “Both generating false QR codes and purchasing false QR codes is punishable.”
Rasmus Emmelkamp, one of the founders of Spoedtest.nl spoke to NOS, expressing dismay at the “drastic decision of the Ministry” and calling all allegations “completely unfounded”.