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Pvt Labs To Test Corona

Guidelines have also been issued for Private Sector Laboratories Intending to Initiate COVID-19 Testing.


Laboratory test should be only offered when prescribed by a qualified physician as per ICMR guidance for testing.

Since the guidance evolves periodically, the latest revised version should be followed.

ICMR will share the SOPs for laboratory testing and provide positive controls for establishing the test as soon as the concerned private laboratory has procured the primers, probes and reagents as per SOPs.

Adoption of commercial kits for testing should be based on validations conducted by lCMR-National institute of Virology (NIV),Pune.

Appropriate biosafety and biosecurity precautions should be ensured while collecting samples from a suspect patient. Alternatively, a disease specific separate collection site may be created.

All the private testing laboratories to ensure immediate/ real-time reporting to the State officials of IDSP (Integrated Disease Surveillance Program of Govt. of India) and ICMR HQ for timely initiation of contact tracing and research activities.

ICMR strongly appeals that private laboratories should offer COVlD-19 diagnosis at no cost.


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