08/16/2020: Lab Advisory: New COVID-19 Antigen Testing Guidance

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Subject: New COVID-19 Antigen Testing Guidance

Level: Laboratory Advisory

CDC recently issued new antigen testing guidance for evaluating and testing persons for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). This LOCS message is intended to share the new guidance with clinical laboratories that might be asked to perform COVID-19 antigen testing. The new guidance contains information about the following topics:

  • General guidance
  • Regulatory Requirements for Using Rapid Antigen Tests for SARS-CoV-2
  • Collection and Handling of Clinical Specimens
  • Performance of Rapid Antigen Tests for SARS-CoV-2
  • Evaluating Rapid Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2
  • Reporting Rapid Antigen Test Results for SARS-CoV-2 to Health Departments and Patients

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If you have any questions, please contact us at LOCS@cdc.gov.

Thank you,

The Laboratory Outreach Communication System

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

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)