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Factsheet for measure LV-2020-50/1587 Updated – measures in Latvia

E. Gulbja laboratory creates automated analysis collection machine

E. Gulbja laboratorija izveidojusi automatizētā analīžu nodošanas iekārtu

Country Latvia , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 07 December 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/Innovation
Author Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound
Measure added 09 December 2020 (updated 25 February 2021)

Background information

E. Gulbja laboratory in cooperation with JK Energo Ltd. and Latvijas Finieris Jsc. has created an innovative contactless clinical analysis collection machine. On 7 December 2020, the first of these machines were installed at Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital for regular COVID-19 testing material collection of the hospital staff. From 14 December 2020, additional machines will be installed elsewhere and made available to the public.

Content of measure

An innovative contactless analysis collection device has been created by E.Gulbis laboratory in cooperation with JK Energo Ltd. and Latvijas Finieris Jsc. The device from the idea to the installation was created by Latvian specialists and companies, emphasized Didzis Gavars, a member of the board of E. Gulbis laboratory. The machine is fully automated and its software provides remote machine management.

It is expected that the new device will significantly save time for both laboratory and hospital staff, ensure faster test results and reduce the risk of infection.

In future the company plans that also other than COVID-19 testing material could be collected with the machine.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

27 January 2021

Until 27 January 2021, E. Gulbja laboratory has placed contactless clinical analysis collection machines in four more places.

Use of measure

No information to report.


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Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Company level


No social partners involvement.

Views and reactions

No specific views to report.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 07 December 2020: New automated analysis collection machine (
  • 08 December 2020: Stradiņš Hospital has installed the world's first non-contact COVID-19 analysis collection device (


Eurofound (2020), E. Gulbja laboratory creates automated analysis collection machine, measure LV-2020-50/1587 (measures in Latvia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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