COVID-19 Emergency Testing Program

The Bedford Research Foundation has expanded its regular non-profit laboratory services to offer fast and highly-accurate COVID-19 testing to individuals, hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices in Massachusetts. Our hope is to reduce the wait time for results to ease the burden on clinicians treating the disease. BRF laboratory technicians are now working in round-the-clock shifts to ensure that results from testing are available within 24 hours of the sample arriving at the lab.

Community Testing

COVID-19 Community Testing testing takes place most Tuesdays at First Parish Church in Bedford. Click below to sign up today!



How It Works

Testing takes place in fifteen-minute time slots throughout the morning on Tuesday, until all registrants have been tested. Testing is performed with strict adherence to CDC social distancing guidelines, and generally takes about 3 minutes from the time you arrive at the testing sight. Results will be sent to you in a HIPAA compliant manner, by email or postal mail, per your preference!

BRF’s Unique Test platform is one first developed decades ago for HIV testing and has a major advantage in the transport system, that also allows specimens to be safely shipped to the lab. Testing swab specimens are placed into a tube with a guanidium-based culture medium for transport to the testing laboratory, which inactivates the virus on contact and stabilizes the viral genes for easier detection. Bedford Research laboratory personnel are not exposed to infectious SARS2 specimens, only inactivated specimens.

For more information about our testing program, please email