FDA emergency authorisation for Roche’s COVID-19 test

Image of a hand with germs on it to show Roche COVID-19 test gets emergency FDA authorisation

Roche has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 test, the cobas® SARS-CoV-2 Test. It is intended for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, in nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab samples from patients who meet COVID-19 clinical and/or epidemiological criteria for testing.

The COVID-19 test is also available in markets accepting the CE mark for patients with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 disease and living in affected areas where the SARS-CoV-2 virus is known to be present.

Hospitals and reference laboratories can run the test on Roche’s fully automated cobas® 6800 and cobas® 8800 Systems, which are widely available in the U.S. and around the world.

Roche’s cobas 6800/8800 Systems, which are used to perform the cobas SARS-CoV-2 Test, provide test results in three and half hours and offer improved operating efficiency, flexibility, and fastest time-to-results with the highest throughput providing up to 96 results in about three hours and a total of 1440 results for the cobas 6800 System and 4128 results for the cobas 8800 System in 24 hours.

The test can be run simultaneously with other assays provided by Roche for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems.

Thomas Schinecker, CEO of Roche Diagnostics, said: “Providing quality, high-volume testing capabilities will allow us to respond effectively to what the World Health Organization has characterised as a pandemic.

“Over the last weeks, our emergency response teams have been working hard to bring this test to the patients. CE-mark certification and the FDA’s granting of EUA supports our commitment to give more patients access to reliable diagnostics which are crucial to combat this serious disease.”

Upon authorisation Roche will have millions of tests a month available for use on the cobas 6800 and 8800 systems.