These terms shall apply to the supply of goods and services by Covestus Ltd to consumers. The customer's attention is particularly drawn to the summary of your legal rights at clause 10.2.
1. These Terms
1.1 What these terms cover. These are the terms and conditions on which we supply products and services to you.
1.2 Why you should read them. Please read these terms carefully before you submit your order to us. These terms tell you who we are, how we will provide products and services to you, how you and we may change or end the contract, what to do if there is a problem and other important information. If you think that there is a mistake in these terms, please contact us to discuss.
2. Information about us and how to contact us
2.1 Who we are. We are Covestus Ltd, trading as Covguard, a company registered in England and Wales. Our company registration number is 11667150 and our registered office is at 1 Pulteney Road, Bath BA2 4HD. Our registered VAT number is 335 5998.
2.2 How to contact us. You can contact us by telephoning our customer service team at 02045 134000 or by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 Pulteney Road, Bath BA2 4HD.
2.3 How we may contact you. If we have to contact you we will do so by telephone or by writing to you at the email address or postal address you provided to us in your order.
2.4 “Writing” includes emails. When we use the words “writing” or “written” in these terms, this includes emails.
3. Our contract with you
3.1 How we will accept your order. Our acceptance of your order will take place when we email you to accept it, at which point a contract will come into existence between you and us.
3.2 If we cannot accept your order. If we are unable to accept your order, we will inform you of this and will not charge you for the product or service. This might be because the product is out of stock, because of unexpected limits on our resources which we could not reasonably plan for, because we have identified an error in the price or description of the product or service or because we are unable to meet a delivery deadline you have specified.
3.3 Your order number. We will assign an order number to your order and tell you what it is when we accept your order. It will help us if you can tell us the order number whenever you contact us about your order.
4. Our products and services
4.1 Products may vary slightly from their pictures. The images of the products on our website are for illustrative purposes only. Although we have made every effort to display the colours accurately, we cannot guarantee that a device’s display of the colours accurately reflects the colour of the products. Your product may vary slightly from those images.
4.2 Product packaging may vary. The packaging of the product may vary from that shown in images on our website.
4.3 Limitations of our products and services:
(a) Due to the nature of infectious diseases, we provide no warranty that any product or service you purchase from us will: (a) identify the presence of an infectious disease or an absence of an infectious disease; or (b) will prevent the transmission of any infectious disease.
(b) We provide no warranty that our products and services are 100% accurate or reliable.
(c) As the processing of test kits is conducted by third party laboratories which are outside of our control, we provide no guarantee that test kits will be processed within, or test results related to the same provided within, any specific timeframe. The customer acknowledges and accepts that delays may occur and re-testing of samples may be required if results are inconclusive. The customer should not make firm commitments in anticipation of receiving test results on or by any specific day.
(d) The products and services provided by us are not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment in any way. The information contained in any test results is not comprehensive and does not constitute an actual medical diagnosis, medical advice or recommendations for treating any condition and the information provided should not be relied upon as such without obtaining professional medical advice.
(e) Any test results provided by us are based solely on the information you have provided to us and we shall have no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage caused by any errors or omissions in the information you have provided to us or any action taken by us in accordance with your instructions.
(f) You are solely responsible for any actions that you do or do not take before or after using our products or services, including receiving the results of any test from us.
(g) Irrespective of your use of our products and services you should follow all Government and other public health advice at all times, including that of Public Health England or any replacement or successor to it.
5. Our rights to make changes
5.1 Minor changes to the products or services. We may change the product or service:
(a) to reflect changes in relevant laws and regulatory requirements which are applicable to them; and
(b) to implement minor technical adjustments and improvements.
5.2 More significant changes to the products or services and these terms. In addition, as we informed you in the description of the product or service on our website, we may make more significant changes to the product which affect the purposes for which the product can be used or which fundamentally affect the service provided, but if we do so we will notify you and you may then contact us to end the contract before the changes take effect and receive a refund for any products or services paid for but not received.
6. Providing the products and services
6.1 Delivery costs. The costs of delivery will be as displayed to you on our website.
6.2 When we will provide the products and services.
(a) If the products are goods. If the products are goods we will deliver them to you as soon as reasonably possible and in any event within 30 days after the day on which we accept your order.
(b) If the products are one-off services. We will begin the services as soon as is reasonable possible following our acceptance of your order. The estimated completion date for the services is as told to you during the order process. We will complete our services as soon as is reasonably possible but as certain elements of our service are provided by third parties (such as postal or courier services which collect and deliver used test kits to laboratories, and the laboratories which process test kits and produce test results) we cannot provide any guarantee that our services will be completed on any specific day or within any specific fixed timeframe.
6.3 We are not responsible for delays outside our control. If our supply of the products or services is delayed by an event outside our control then we will contact you as soon as possible to let you know and we will take steps to minimise the effect of the delay. Provided we do this we will not be liable for delays caused by the event, but if there is a risk of substantial delay you may contact us to end the contract and receive a refund for any products or services you have paid for but not received.
6.4 If you are not at home when the product is delivered. If no one is available at your address to take delivery and the products cannot be posted through your letterbox, we will leave you a note informing you of how to rearrange delivery or collect the products from a local depot.
6.5 If you do not re-arrange delivery. If you do not collect the products from us as arranged or if, after a failed delivery to you, you do not re-arrange delivery or collect them from a delivery depot we will contact you for further instructions and may charge you for storage costs and any further delivery costs. If, despite our reasonable efforts, we are unable to contact you or re-arrange delivery or collection we may end the contract and clause 9.2 will apply.
6.6 Your legal rights if we deliver goods late. You have legal rights if we deliver any goods late. If we miss the delivery deadline for any goods then you may treat the contract as at an end straight away if any of the following apply:
(a) we have refused to deliver the goods;
(b) delivery within the delivery deadline was essential (taking into account all the relevant circumstances); or
(c) you told us before we accepted your order that delivery within the delivery deadline was essential.
6.7 Setting a new deadline for delivery. If you do not wish to treat the contract as at an end straight away, or do not have the right to do so under clause 6.6, you can give us a new deadline for delivery, which must be reasonable, and you can treat the contract as at an end if we do not meet the new deadline.
6.8 Ending the contract for late delivery. If you do choose to treat the contract as at an end for late delivery under clause 6.6 or clause 6.7, you can cancel your order for any of the goods or reject goods that have been delivered. If you wish, you can reject or cancel the order for some of those goods (not all of them), unless splitting them up would significantly reduce their value. After that we will refund any sums you have paid to us for the cancelled goods and their delivery. If the goods have been delivered to you, you must either return them in person to where you bought them, post them back to us or (if they are not suitable for posting) allow us to collect them from you. We will pay the costs of postage or collection. Please call customer services on 02045 134000 or email us at email@example.com for a return label or to arrange collection.
6.9 When you become responsible for the goods. A product which is goods will be your responsibility from the time we deliver the product to the address you gave us.
6.10 When you own goods. You own a product which is goods once we have received payment in full.
6.11 What will happen if you do not give required information to us. We may need certain information from you so that we can supply the products or services to you. If so, this will have been stated in the description of the products or services on our website. We will contact you to ask for this information. If you do not give us this information within a reasonable time of us asking for it, or if you give us incomplete or incorrect information, we may either end the contract (and clause 9.2 will apply) or make an additional charge of a reasonable sum to compensate us for any extra work that is required as a result. We will not be responsible for supplying the products or services late or not supplying any part of them if this is caused by you not giving us the information we need within a reasonable time of us asking for it.
6.12 Reasons we may suspend the supply of products or service to you. We may have to suspend the supply of a product to:
(a) deal with technical problems or make minor technical changes; or
(b) update the products or services to reflect changes in relevant laws and regulatory requirements.
6.13 Your rights if we suspend the supply of products or services. We will contact you in advance to tell you we will be suspending supply of the product or service, unless the problem is urgent or an emergency. If we have to suspend the product or service we will adjust the price so that you do not pay for products or services while they are suspended. You may contact us to end the contract for a product or service if we suspend it, or tell you we are going to suspend it, in each case for a period of more than 14 days and we will refund any sums you have paid in advance for the product or service in respect of the period after you end the contract.
6.14 We may also suspend supply of the products or services if you do not pay. If you do not pay us for the products or services when you are supposed to (see clause 11.3) and you still do not make payment within 7 days of us reminding you that payment is due, we may suspend supply of the products or services until you have paid us the outstanding amounts. We will contact you to tell you we are suspending supply of the products or services. We will not suspend the products or services where you dispute the unpaid invoice (see clause 11.5). We will not charge you for the products or services during the period for which they are suspended. As well as suspending the products or services we can also charge you interest on your overdue payments (see clause 11.4(a)).
7. Your rights to end the contract
7.1 You can always end your contract with us. Your rights when you end the contract will depend on what you have bought, whether there is anything wrong with it, how we are performing and when you decide to end the contract:
(a) If what you have bought is faulty or misdescribed you may have a legal right to end the contract (or to get the product repaired or replaced or a service re-performed or to get some or all of your money back), see clause 10;
(b) If you want to end the contract because of something we have done or have told you we are going to do, see clause 7.2;
(c) If you have just changed your mind about the product or service, see clause 7.3. You may be able to get a refund if you are within the cooling-off period, but this may be subject to deductions and you will have to pay the costs of return of any goods;
(d) In all other cases (if we are not at fault and there is no right to change your mind), see clause 7.8.
7.2 Ending the contract because of something we have done or are going to do. If you are ending a contract for a reason set out at (a) to (e) below the contract will end immediately and we will refund you in full for any products or services which have not been provided and you may also be entitled to compensation. The reasons are:
(a) we have told you about an upcoming change to the product or services or these terms which you do not agree to (see clause 5.2);
(b) we have told you about an error in the price or description of the product or service you have ordered and you do not wish to proceed;
(c) there is a risk that supply of the products or services may be significantly delayed because of events outside our control;
(d) we have suspended supply of the products or services for technical reasons, or notify you we are going to suspend them for technical reasons, in each case for a period of more than14 days; or
(e) you have a legal right to end the contract because of something we have done wrong (including because we have delivered late (see clause 6.5).
7.3 Exercising your right to change your mind (Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013). For most products bought online you have a legal right to change your mind within 14 days and receive a refund. These rights, under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013, are explained in more detail in these terms.
7.4 When you don’t have the right to change your mind. You do not have a right to change your mind in respect of:
(a) services, once these have been completed, even if the cancellation period is still running;
(b) products sealed for health protection or hygiene purposes, once these have been unsealed or damaged after you receive them;
(c) any products which become mixed inseparably with other items after their delivery; and
(d) any products which are liable to deteriorate or expire rapidly.
7.5 How long do I have to change my mind? How long you have depends on what you have ordered and how it is delivered.
7.6 Have you bought services (for example, a testing service)? If so, you have 14 days after the day we email you to confirm we accept your order. However, once we have completed the services you cannot change your mind, even if the period is still running. If you cancel after we have started the services, you must pay us for the services provided up until the time you tell us that you have changed your mind.
If you have bought a test kit together with a testing service and cancel your order after the test kit has been dispatched but before it arrives at the laboratory, we will try to cancel the testing service and refund you what you have paid less the reasonable costs we have incurred in fulfilling the contract. It may not be possible to cancel the testing service, in which case you will not be refunded. You will not be entitled to a refund for the test kit itself if it has been in any way opened, unsealed or damaged.
7.7 Have you bought goods (for example, a face mask)? If so, you have 14 days after the day you (or someone you nominate) receives the goods, your goods are split into several deliveries over different days. In this case you have until 14 days after the day you (or someone you nominate) receives the last delivery to change your mind about the goods.
7.8 Ending the contract where we are not at fault and there is no right to change your mind. Even if we are not at fault and you do not have a right to change your mind (see clause 7.4), you can still end the contract before it is completed, but you may have to pay us compensation. A contract for goods is completed when the product is delivered, and paid for. A contract for services is completed when we have finished providing the services and you have paid for them. If you want to end a contract before it is completed where we are not at fault and you have not changed your mind, just contact us to let us know. The contract will end immediately and we will refund any sums paid by you for products or services not provided but we may deduct from that refund (or, if you have not made an advance payment, charge you) reasonable compensation for the net costs we will incur as a result of your ending the contract.
8. How to end the contract with us (including if you have changed your mind)
8.1 Tell us you want to end the contract. To end the contract with us, please let us know by doing one of the following:
(a) Phone or email. Call customer services on 02045 134000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your name, home address, details of the order and, where available, your phone number and email address.
(b) By post. Write to us at 1 Pulteney Road, Bath BA2 4HD, including details of what you bought, when you ordered or received it and your name and address.
8.2 Returning products after ending the contract. If you end the contract for any reason after products have been dispatched to you or you have received them, you must return them to us. You must either return the goods in person to where you bought them, post them back to us at 1 Pulteney Road, Bath BA2 4HD or (if they are not suitable for posting) allow us to collect them from you. Please call customer services on 02045 134000 or email us at email@example.com for a return label or to arrange collection. If you are exercising your right to change your mind you must send off the goods within 14 days of telling us you wish to end the contract.
8.3 When we will pay the costs of return. We will pay the costs of return:
(a) if the products are faulty or misdescribed; or
(b) if you are ending the contract because we have told you of an upcoming change to the product or these terms, an error in pricing or description, a delay in delivery due to events outside our control or because you have a legal right to do so as a result of something we have done wrong.
In all other circumstances (including where you are exercising your right to change your mind) you must pay the costs of return.
8.4 What we charge for collection. If you are responsible for the costs of return and we are collecting the product from you, we will charge you the direct cost to us of collection. The costs of collection will be the same as our charges for standard delivery.
8.5 How we will refund you. We will refund you the price you paid for the products including delivery costs, by the method you used for payment. However, we may make deductions from the price, as described below.
8.6 Deductions from refunds if you are exercising your right to change your mind. If you are exercising your right to change your mind:
(a) We may reduce your refund of the price (excluding delivery costs) to reflect any reduction in the value of the goods, if this has been caused by your handling them in a way which would not be permitted in a shop. If we refund you the price paid before we are able to inspect the goods and later discover you have handled them in an unacceptable way, you must pay us an appropriate amount.
(b) The maximum refund for delivery costs will be the costs of delivery by the least expensive delivery method we offer. For example, if we offer delivery of a product within 3-5 days at one cost but you choose to have the product delivered within 24 hours at a higher cost, then we will only refund what you would have paid for the cheaper delivery option.
(c) For services, we may deduct from any refund an amount for the supply of the service for the period for which it was supplied, ending with the time when you told us you had changed your mind. The amount will be in proportion to what has been supplied, in comparison with the full coverage of the contract.
8.7 When your refund will be made. We will make any refunds due to you as soon as possible. If you are exercising your right to change your mind then:
(a) If the products are goods and we have not offered to collect them, your refund will be made within 14 days from the day on which we receive the product back from you or, if earlier, the day on which you provide us with evidence that you have sent the product back to us. For information about how to return a product to us, see clause 8.2.
(b) In all other cases, your refund will be made within 14 days of your telling us you have changed your mind
9. Our rights to end the contract
9.1 We may end the contract if you break it. We may end the contract for a product or services at any time by writing to you if:
(a) you do not make any payment to us when it is due and you still do not make payment within 7 days of us reminding you that payment is due;
(b) you do not, within a reasonable time of us asking for it, provide us with information that is necessary for us to provide the products or services;
(c) you do not, within a reasonable time, allow us to deliver the products to you.
9.2 You must compensate us if you break the contract. If we end the contract in the situations set out in clause 9.1 we will refund any money you have paid in advance for products or services we have not provided but we may deduct or charge you a percentage of the price depending on the date on which we end the contract, as compensation for the net costs we will incur as a result of your breaking the contract.
9.3 We may withdraw the product or service. We may write to you to let you know that we are going to stop providing the product or service. We will let you know at least 7 days in advance of our stopping the supply of the product or service and will refund any sums you have paid in advance for products or services which will not be provided.
10. If there is a problem with the product or service
10.1 How to tell us about problems. If you have any questions or complaints about the product or service, please contact us. You can telephone our customer service team at 02045 134000 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 Pulteney Road, Bath BA2 4HD.
10.2 Summary of your legal rights. We are under a legal duty to supply products and services that are in conformity with this contract. See the box below for a summary of your key legal rights in relation to the products and services. Nothing in these terms will affect your legal rights.
Summary of your key legal rights
If your product is goods, for example face masks, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 says goods must be as described, fit for purpose and of satisfactory quality. During the expected lifespan of your product your legal rights entitle you to the following:
a) Up to 30 days: if your goods are faulty, then you can get an immediate refund.
b) Up to six months: if your goods can’t be repaired or replaced, then you’re entitled to a full refund, in most cases.
c) Up to six years: if your goods do not last a reasonable length of time you may be entitled to some money back.
See also clause 7.3.
d) If the fault can’t be fixed, or if it hasn’t been fixed within a reasonable time and without significant inconvenience, you can get some or all of your money back.
e) If you can show the fault has damaged your device and we haven’t used reasonable care and skill, you may be entitled to a repair or compensation
See also clause 7.3.
For services, for example a testing service, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 says:
f) You can ask us to repeat or fix a service if it’s not carried out with reasonable care and skill, or get some money back if we can’t fix it.
g) If you haven’t agreed a price beforehand, what you’re asked to pay must be reasonable.
h) If you haven’t agreed a time beforehand, it must be carried out within a reasonable time.
See also Exercising your right to change your mind (Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013).
10.3 Your obligation to return rejected products. If you wish to exercise your legal rights to reject products you must either return them in person to where you bought them, post them back to us or (if they are not suitable for posting) allow us to collect them from you. We will pay the costs of postage or collection. Please call customer services on 02045 134000 or email us at email@example.com for a return label or to arrange collection.
11. Price and payment
11.1 Where to find the price for the product or service. The price of the product or service (which includes VAT) will be the price indicated on the order pages when you placed your order. We take all reasonable care to ensure that the price of the product or service advised to you is correct. However please see clause 11.3 for what happens if we discover an error in the price of the product you order.
11.2 We will pass on changes in the rate of VAT. If the rate of VAT changes between your order date and the date we supply the product or service, we will adjust the rate of VAT that you pay, unless you have already paid for the product or service in full before the change in the rate of VAT takes effect.
11.3 What happens if we got the price wrong. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the products or services we sell may be incorrectly priced. We will normally check prices before accepting your order so that, where the correct price at your order date is less than our stated price at your order date, we will charge the lower amount. If the correct price at your order date is higher than the price stated to you, we will contact you for your instructions before we accept your order. If we accept and process your order where a pricing error is obvious and unmistakeable and could reasonably have been recognised by you as a mispricing, we may end the contract, refund you any sums you have paid and require the return of any goods provided to you.
11.4 When you must pay and how you must pay. We accept payment with all major credit and debit cards. When you must pay depends on what product or service you are buying:
(a) For goods, you must pay for the products before we dispatch them. We will not charge your credit or debit card until we dispatch the products to you.
(b) For services, you must make an advance payment of the price of the services before we start providing them.
11.5 We can charge interest if you pay late. If you do not make any payment to us by the due date we may charge interest to you on the overdue amount at the rate of 4% a year above the base lending rate of the Bank of England’s base rate from time to time. This interest shall accrue on a daily basis from the due date until the date of actual payment of the overdue amount, whether before or after judgment. You must pay us interest together with any overdue amount.
11.6 What to do if you think an invoice is wrong. If you think an invoice is wrong please contact us promptly to let us know. You will not have to pay any interest until the dispute is resolved. Once the dispute is resolved we will charge you interest on correctly invoiced sums from the original due date.
12. Our responsibility for loss or damage suffered by you
12.1 We are responsible to you for foreseeable loss and damage caused by us. If we fail to comply with these terms, we are responsible for loss or damage you suffer that is a foreseeable result of our breaking this contract or our failing to use reasonable care and skill, but we are not responsible for any loss or damage that is not foreseeable. Loss or damage is foreseeable if either it is obvious that it will happen or if, at the time the contract was made, both we and you knew it might happen, for example, if you discussed it with us during the sales process.
12.2 We do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so. This includes liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or the negligence of our employees, agents or subcontractors; for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; for breach of your legal rights in relation to the products and services including the right to receive products and services which are: as described and match information we provided to you and any sample or model seen or examined by you; of satisfactory quality; fit for any particular purpose made known to us; supplied with reasonable skill and care; and for defective products under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
12.3 We are not liable for business losses. We only supply the products for domestic and private use. If you use the products for any commercial, business or re-sale purpose we will have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.
13. How we may use your personal information
14. Other important terms
14.1 We may transfer this agreement to someone else. We may transfer our rights and obligations under these terms to another organisation.
14.2 You need our consent to transfer your rights to someone else. You may only transfer your rights or your obligations under these terms to another person if we agree to this in writing.
14.3 Nobody else has any rights under this contract. This contract is between you and us. No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of its terms.
14.4 If a court finds part of this contract illegal, the rest will continue in force. Each of the paragraphs of these terms operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful, the remaining paragraphs will remain in full force and effect.
14.5 Even if we delay in enforcing this contract, we can still enforce it later. If we do not insist immediately that you do anything you are required to do under these terms, or if we delay in taking steps against you in respect of your breaking this contract, that will not mean that you do not have to do those things and it will not prevent us taking steps against you at a later date. For example, if you miss a payment and we do not chase you but we continue to provide the products or services, we can still require you to make the payment at a later date.
14.6 Which laws apply to this contract and where you may bring legal proceedings. These terms are governed by English law and you can bring legal proceedings in respect of the products or services in the English courts. If you live in Scotland you can bring legal proceedings in respect of the products or services in either the Scottish or the English courts. If you live in Northern Ireland you can bring legal proceedings in respect of the products or services in either the Northern Irish or the English courts.