ACLA Statement on Recent Steps to Expand Testing
Washington, D.C. – Following the announcement of new steps and updated CDC guidelines to ramp up testing and help schools reopen, ACLA President Julie Khani released the following statement:
“Americans are eager to return to work and school, and all accurate and reliable tests have a role in getting us there. We applaud the Biden Administration for taking additional steps to ensure all communities have access to the full range of testing options available.
Clinical laboratories have introduced a range of new tests and techniques to meet widespread patient need, including the development of the at-home specimen collection kits, the expanded use of specimen pooling and multiplex testing, and the launch of serologic testing and novel RNA extraction methods. We remain focused on expanding access to accurate and reliable testing for the patients who are counting on us and stand ready to expand our support in local communities.”
The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) is the national trade association representing leading laboratories that deliver essential diagnostic health information to patients and providers. ACLA members are at the forefront of driving diagnostic innovation to meet the country’s evolving health care needs and provide vital clinical laboratory tests that identify and prevent infectious, acute and chronic disease. ACLA works to advance the next generation of health care delivery through policies that expand access to lifesaving testing services.