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21st June 2021  Content supplied by: IDEXX Laboratories Inc

SARS-CoV-2 PCR Test Meets Needs of New EU Wastewater Surveillance Recommendation

The European Commission has strongly encouraged member states to establish national wastewater surveillance systems for SARS-CoV-2 before 1 October 2021.1 This will require the rapid establishment of additional RT-qPCR capacity for wastewater testing.

The IDEXX Water SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test meets the Quality Standards listed in the European Commission recommendation and has been shown in a recent Water Research Foundation (WRF) study to outperform most methods in terms of consistency of detection.2

IDEXX has worked with laboratories around the globe to accelerate their implementation of wastewater surveillance. The SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test offers standardized methodology, consistent results, and is supported by comprehensive IDEXX quality-control procedures and supply chain expertise.

IDEXX introduced its Water SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test in July 2020 to support wastewater surveillance to track the prevalence of COVID-19 in communities. The Water SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test combines the company’s long history of developing PCR tests and over 20 years developing validated wastewater tests. The test provides consistent results that have been validated on numerous PCR instruments, using geographically diverse samples.

To learn more about the Water SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test, visit: www.idexx.com/water-SARS-CoV-2

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1. European Commission, 17 March 2021. COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION of 17.3.2021 on a common approach to establish systematic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants in wastewaters in the EU.

2. Reproducibility and sensitivity of 36 methods to quantify the SARS-CoV-2 genetic signal in raw wastewater: findings from an interlaboratory methods evaluation in the U.S.

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