Throughout the pandemic, Aculabs has worked to meet the demand for ample COVID-19 specimen collection kits. Adequate access to such supplies remains highly important for physicians in catching COVID-19 early on in vulnerable populations.
Clients who have received COVID-19 collection kits from Aculabs should continue using the kits provided, even tubes that display a past expiration date. Kits approaching their expiration date should not be discarded by the facility and are good to use.
As per guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
To address the concern about SARS-CoV-2 testing reagents and swab supply shortages during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will allow laboratories and testing sites to use expired SARS-CoV-2 test kits, reagents, and swabs—unless doing so deviates from the test manufacturer’s authorized instructions for use.
The CDC explains that such kits can be properly used for collection as long as quality control measures are followed:
According to these guidelines, laboratories and testing sites may use expired supplies until non-expired supplies become available, provided that there are policies and procedures in place to ensure that reagents are performing as expected. For example, any expired supplies must pass quality control tests with each assay run.
For expired kits, Aculabs will begin performing correlation testing to confirm the validity of the kits, as per the CDC’s guidance on quality control testing; however, such correlation cannot be performed for COVID-19 collection supplies until after the expiration date listed has passed.
In light of such, for kits with an expiration date of or after April 18th, 2022, please see below for the expiration dates associated with the supplies sent to clients and the confirmation of validity for results using said kits after the expiration date.