The Business of Testing

HHS Orders FDA to Resume EUA Review of Laboratory Developed Tests for COVID-19

Oh no you don’t! A month after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its decision to discontinue review of applications for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) submitted by test makers … [Read more...]

FDA Watch

Agency Temporarily Allows Modifications of Influenza and RSV Tests Without Premarket Notification

On Oct. 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new guidance on molecular diagnostic tests for influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The upshot of the guidance is to temporarily … [Read more...]

LDTs

FDA Pulls the Plug on EUA Review of Laboratory Developed Tests for COVID-19

On Oct. 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dropped a bombshell by announcing that it would no longer review applications for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) submitted by test makers for … [Read more...]

FDA Watch

Agency to Provide Emergency Clearance for Multi-Analyte Respiratory Panels

We are now seven months into the COVID-19 public health emergency and flu season is rapidly approaching. Several diagnostics test producers have responded to this convergence by creating new … [Read more...]

LDTs

HHS Clears the Way for Use of New COVID-19 Tests without FDA Emergency Use Authorization

One of the unforeseen results of the coronavirus public health emergency has been to bring the perennial controversy over U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) premarket regulation of laboratory … [Read more...]

LDTs

FDA Cracks Down on Improper Marketing of SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Tests

Bloated and unsubstantiated marketing claims about the capabilities of unproven serologic SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests have been a problem almost since the public health emergency began. After playing … [Read more...]

FDA Watch

First Enforcement Action for Improper Marketing of SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Tests

After initially allowing producers of serologic SARS-CoV-2 antibodies tests free access to the market, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now cracking down on unproven and inaccurate … [Read more...]

LDTs

FDA Sets the Bar on Specimen Pooling & Asymptomatic Screening for SARS-CoV-2 Test Development

On June 16, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new guidance addressing two key issues related to SARS-CoV-2 testing: validation processes for test pooling of samples for test development … [Read more...]

FDA Watch

After Initial Resistance, Agency Warms to Home COVID-19 Testing

Back in March, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that the newly liberalized clearance scheme it was deploying to expedite the COVID-19 diagnostic testing pipeline did not apply to … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Serology Testing

Now Even the “Good” Tests Are Coming Under Fire

The inaccuracy of serology tests that detect antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus has become an issue of mounting concern. Even though the lack of sensitivity and specificity of these tests is well … [Read more...]


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