Health Law Highlights

FDA Brings Lab Tests Under Federal Oversight

Summary of article from AP News, by Matthew Perrone:

The FDA has finalized a regulation that will gradually introduce oversight for new tests developed by laboratories. The rule mandates that these tests, including those for life-threatening diseases, must demonstrate accurate results within a timeframe of 3.5 to 4 years. However, existing tests will not require federal review and will be grandfathered into approval. All lab tests will need to register with the agency and report any issues. The move has been opposed by the testing industry, which argues it will limit access to critical tests, increase healthcare costs, and stifle innovation.