Attention: Clinical Laboratories

Please share this announcement with:

  • Medical Director, Laboratory Services
  • Administrative Director and Manager(s), Laboratory Services

Posted 08.16.2020 by: Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS) | Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS)
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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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