05/12/2020: Lab Advisory: CDC Posts Updated Point-of-Care Testing Biosafety Guidelines for COVID-19

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Level: Laboratory Advisory

CDC Posts Updated Point-of-Care Testing Biosafety Guidelines for COVID-19

CDC recently updated the Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to provide additional information about point-of-care (POC) testing for SARS-CoV-2. This update includes guidance for a variety of topics:

  • Use of instruments in a location associated with a current CLIA certificate
  • Site- and activity-specific risk assessment
  • Proper training for staff
  • Adherence to Standard Precautions when handling clinical specimens
  • Decontamination of the POC instruments

Online resources:

Laboratory Outreach Communication System | Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS)

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

LOCS@cdc.gov

www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs

Page last reviewed: May 12, 2020