AACC uses cookies to ensure the best website experience. Continuing without changing cookie settings assumes you consent to our use of cookies on this device. You can change these settings at any time, but that may impair functionality on our websites. Review our cookie and privacy policy

The Importance of Laboratory Developed Tests in Diagnosing COVID-19

Virtual Congressional Briefing

Please provide your name, email, and organization using the form below. Once you submit this information, you will automatically be redirected to a page where you can view the briefing.

Fill out my online form.

Briefing Description

Laboratory developed tests (LDTs) are non-commercial tests that labs create and use internally. These tests play a vital role in getting patients accurate diagnoses and effective care, and at no time has their importance been more evident than during the current pandemic. When the coronavirus first reached the U.S., the only widely available test for the virus was flawed. As a result, healthcare providers had to rely instead on LDTs created by commercial laboratories and academic medical centers to diagnose and triage patients.

As the pandemic goes on, LDTs continue to play a critical role in efforts to combat the coronavirus. In this video, AACC laboratory experts discuss this in detail, as well as the regulatory barriers that nearly prevented laboratories from developing and introducing these tests for the coronavirus.