FDA Aims To Finalize Framework For Lab-Developed Tests In Near Term
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
Executive SummaryFDA could have a final framework in place for overseeing a greatly expanded range of laboratory test services within months of a public meeting scheduled for July, according to agency officials
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Alberto Gutierrez left FDA and government this week in a planned retirement. He was director of the office that oversees pre- and post-market programs for in vitro diagnostics and radiology devices, an office where several holes already exist in top management slots.
Jeff Shuren recently spoke at the annual American Clinical Laboratory Association industry meeting where the device center director was grilled on FDA's plans to regulate lab-developed tests. While ACLA President Alan Mertz appreciates Shuren's willingness to engage, his group continues to push back hard against the agency's plan to move forward with a final LDT plan before Congress has a chance to act.
FDA said its new plan, which can’t be released as a formal draft guidance for another 60 days, would establish a more level playing field between test-kit makers and labs, while being flexible when there is not an FDA-approved alternative to an lab-developed test.