Screening for COVID19: Deciding Which Test to Use When Establishing Testing Programs. This two-page factsheet from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contains important information for clinicians deciding which kind of test will be best, whether using the test as a screening tool or offering diagnostic testing services, including point-of-care rapid testing. However you go about testing, it is key to know the best use of the test you are handling. To find out which type of test works best for you, click here. (March 19, 2021)

CMS SARS-CoV-2 Laboratory Testing Comparison. A guidance document from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is available to provide further clarification on types of SARS-CoV-2 tests and describes the CLIA certification needed to proceed with each type. Dental practices curious about setting up testing at their facility can look to this document to find out more about what their requirements are for administering tests. Click here to read more. (March 19, 2021)

Guidance for SARS-CoV-2 Point-of-Care and Rapid Testing. Those planning on implementing a point-of-care rapid testing (PCR) program in their facility will be well-informed about the process after visiting this page from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. This site outlines regulatory requirements for point-of-care and rapid testing, reporting requirements for point-of-care and rapid testing, and specimen collection and handling of point-of-care and rapid tests. Visit the website here and find point-of care testing training videos, tips and more. (March 19, 2021)

COVID-19 Testing Overview from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The COVID-19 Testing Overview webpage from the CDC provides guidance on the types of tests currently available for use to screen for and identify cases of COVID-19, who should be tested, and when. Click here to view.(December 30, 2020)

COVID-19 & Lab Testing Requirements Toolkit. The ADA offers a step-by-step guide of the application process for federal certification to offer COVID-19 rapid response testing for your patients. The toolkit can be accessed here and includes information about the following areas:

  • The Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments (CLIA)
  • State laboratory testing regulations
  • How to apply for a Federal Certificate of Waiver
  • Test reporting requirements