03/13/2020: Lab Advisory: FDA FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2
Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals
Level: Laboratory Advisory
FDA FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2
On March 10, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2external icon. This LOCS message is to raise awareness about these FDA FAQs among clinical laboratories that could potentially be asked to perform testing.
Topics covered include information on
- Confirmatory testing for presumptive positive results
- Additional thermal cyclers for the CDC Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) assay
- Additional extraction platforms and reagents for the CDC EUA assay
- Acceptable alternatives to the assay positive control material
- Acceptable alternatives to the assay extraction control material
Clinical laboratories should contact their state health departments for guidance if they have a suspected coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case specimen. Clinical laboratories should NOT attempt viral isolation from specimens collected from COVID-19 persons under investigation (PUIs). For interim guidelines for collecting, handling, and testing clinical specimens from PUIs for COVID-19, please see the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.
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