Emerging Tests

How Laboratories Are Developing New Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests at Record Speed

The criticism leveled at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the lack of diagnostic tests for COVID-19 in the U.S. belies the unprecedented speed with which new coronavirus tests are reaching … [Read more...]

FDA Watch

SARS-CoV-2 Detection Assays Highlight List of Key New Product Approvals

Key new U.S. Food and Drug Administration product approvals announced from mid-February 2020 through March 20, 2020 include emergency use authorization (EUA) for eight different commercial tests for … [Read more...]

FDA Watch

FDA Finalizes CLIA Waiver Guidance for Approval of New In Vitro Diagnostic Devices

On Feb. 25, the FDA issued a pair of final guidances to help manufacturers seeking clearance for new in vitro diagnostic devices. Here is a summary of the key points from each guidance. CLIA … [Read more...]

Coronavirus

Top of the News: CMS Issues New Guidance for Laboratories Performing Coronavirus Testing

On Feb. 4, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization (EUA) clearance for the first test approved in the US for detecting the novel coronavirus. Developed by the US … [Read more...]

FDA Watch: Agency Grants Emergency Clearance for CDC Novel Coronavirus Detection Test

Because the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak was so unanticipated, there were no FDA-approved commercial products for it available in the US during its early days. On Jan. 28, the FDA unveiled its … [Read more...]

FDA Watch

Agency to Use EUA Pathway to Clear New Coronavirus Detection Tests

There are no FDA-cleared tests to detect the new 2019-nCoV Wuhan coronavirus. But on Jan. 28, the agency unveiled its strategy to promote the rapid development and availability of safe and effective … [Read more...]

Industry Buzz

Lab Companies Scramble to Bring Coronavirus Detection Tests to Market

Along with an urgent public health challenge, the outbreak of the novel 2019-nCoV coronavirus in Wuhan, China, first reported on Dec. 31, has created a strategic opportunity for makers of lab tests. … [Read more...]

GENETIC TESTING

FDA Watch: Agency Exempts Dozens of Tests from 510(k) Review

On Dec. 30, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final order exempting dozens of Class I and Class II medical devices that previously required 510(k) submission from 510(k) … [Read more...]

GENETIC TESTING

FDA Watch: Agency Targets Sale of IVD Reagents without Premarket Approval

Distribution of diagnostics and devices without premarket approval has featured prominently on the FDA’s enforcement priority list this year. The agency has issued seven warning letters related to … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

Zika Antibody Detection Tests Go from Emergency to Commercial Clearance

 Over the past several years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for over a dozen different tests for Zika. But on May 23, 2019, the FDA did … [Read more...]


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