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16th April 2020  Editorial by: Paul Carton

Roche and Primer Design COVID-19 Test Kits Given WHO Approval on new Global EUA list

WHO has listed the first two diagnostic tests for emergency use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move should help increase access to quality-assured, accurate tests for the disease.  It also means that the tests can now be supplied by the United Nations and other procurement agencies supporting the COVID-19 response.

Both in vitro diagnostics, the tests are genesig Real-Time PCR Coronavirus (COVID-19) and cobas SARS-CoV-2 Qualitative assay for use on the cobas® 6800/8800 Systems.” 

The Emergency Use Listing procedure (EUL) was established to expedite the availability of diagnostics needed in public health emergency situations. It is intended to help procurement agencies and countries navigate the large presence of different devices on the market and, by assessing them, provides assurance of the products’ quality and performance.

The genesig Real-Time PCR Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Primerdesign, United Kingdom) is an open system more suitable for laboratories with moderate sample testing capacity, while the cobas SARS-CoV-2 for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems (Roche, United States of America) is a closed system assay for larger laboratories.


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Date Published: 16th April 2020

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