09/02/2021: Lab Advisory: Shortage of COVID-19 Rapid Tests May Increase Demand for Laboratory Testing

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Level: Laboratory Advisory

There is currently a temporary shortage in point-of-care (POC) and over-the-counter (OTC) test supplies. To help preserve rapid test kits and supplies and meet the current test demand, CDC recommends the use of laboratory-based testing whenever possible.

The United States Government continues to monitor the testing supply chain and remains in contact with diagnostic test manufacturers. These companies report strong availability of laboratory instruments, laboratory test kits and other supplies, and an increasing supply of POC and OTC tests.

If laboratory directors want to request assistance to connect with a diagnostics manufacturer, they may contact AdvaMedDx at staff@advameddx.org. AdvaMedDx is a division of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) that represents more than 75 manufacturers of diagnostics tests and instruments.

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Page last reviewed: September 2, 2021