iHealth home test expiration dates extended (updated July 2022)

Reminder: Order free COVID-19 test kits through COVIDtests.gov only through Friday, September 2, 2022. More information here.

iHealth rapid-antigen home COVID-19 tests have had another three-month extension in their expiration dates granted by the Food and Drug Administration. This which extends the shelf-life of all iHealth tests from 6 months to 12 months. iHealth will continue to apply to FDA for shelf-life extensions every three months based on stability studies, and the new shelf-lives for home tests will apply to tests already produced as well as future production. See the FDA iHealth extension dates, as of July 8, 2022, here.

iHealth home tests were provided locally to non-profit organizations, churches and individuals by the Malheur County Health Department and Oregon Health Authority, and were also mailed to private residences by the federal government. If you have not received your tests from the federal government, you may request them here.

iHealth Rapid Antigen tests are authorized for non-prescription home use with self-collected anterior nasal swab samples from individuals age 15 or older who have symptoms of COVID-19 within the first seven days of symptom onset. People age 2-15 may use the test, if an adult collects the swab samples. Test results are available in 15 minutes.

Rapid antigen tests such as the iHealth test will not be accepted as proof of a negative COVID-19 test for travel.

11 thoughts on “iHealth home test expiration dates extended (updated July 2022)

  1. Hello I have your iHealth Covid test and I noticed on your box says use by date 08/19/2022 but the contents the swab says use by 02/03/2025 and the prefilled tube says use by 01/28/2024. Which is correct? Very confusing and wasteful if I go by the box.

    • The extension date gives you another 12 months from what is on the box. Especially because each test has an internal control (the control line must show up for the test to be valid), you can feel confident the tests are still good through the extension dates, if not longer. We continue to get more extensions as research shows the tests remain valid. I would not throw away tests. I hope this helps!

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