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Randox Whole Pathogen Molecular Controls for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Receive CE Marking

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 26 May 2020
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Randox Laboratories (Crumlin, UK) has been granted CE marking for its whole pathogen quality controls for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

The molecular controls are currently being used alongside the firm’s pioneering COVID-19 tests, performed on its proprietary Biochip, as part of a nationwide UK testing program. Randox is using these third-party quality controls, which include a Positive Control, Negative Control, Analytical Q Panel and Molecular Q Panel, to ensure accurate coronavirus test and system performance, and ultimately, guarantee laboratory quality assurance.

Available under the brand name Qnostics, the new SARS-CoV-2 controls are manufactured using whole pathogens. They therefore mimic the patient sample, providing the best sample matrix for laboratories. Randox Qnostics SARS-CoV-2 Controls are heat-inactivated and gamma-irradiation to enable safe handling of material and make them non-infectious, and are manufactured to ISO 13485 standards. The new coronavirus controls from Randox, which contain the entire SARS-CoV-2 genome, including the conserved regions recommended by CDC and WHO, are compatible for use with both commercial and in-house testing methods, and are quantified by digital PCR to ensure batch to batch reproducibility. They are the ideal clinically relevant material for full-process validation, from extraction to amplification and detection, to ensure ultimate quality assurance in laboratories.

“Accurate and reliable laboratory testing is an essential aspect of COVID-19 disease management and outbreak control. Designed specifically for laboratories currently managing COVID-19 testing, Randox SARS-CoV-2 controls help ensure the accuracy and reliability of molecular assays used in the testing of suspected coronavirus samples, and importantly, give clinicians absolute confidence in any COVID-19 diagnoses they may make,” said Lynsey Adams, Randox Quality Control Manager. The Randox Qnostics SARS-CoV-2 controls are clinically relevant for full-process validation. Liquid frozen for user convenience and ease of use, the development of the controls using whole pathogen material ensures clinical relevance from extraction to amplification and detection.”

“We are proud to be able to support the high demand for coronavirus testing by delivering a full COVID-19 testing package – not only our Coronavirus Biochips but now also the corresponding molecular control material that will ensure the delivery of accurate, and reliable results,” added Adams. “The World Health Organization (WHO) has been very clear about the importance of testing in the global efforts to contain and delay COVID-19 and we are pleased that our new CE-marked controls comply with guidelines not only from the WHO but also from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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