Preparedness of European diagnostic microbiology labs for detection of SARS-CoV-2, March 2020.J Clin Virol. 2020 07; 128:104432.JC
To track the European spread of SARS-CoV-2, decentralized testing became necessary and test capacity needed to be expanded outside reference laboratories rapidly.
We assessed via an online questionnaire the preparedness of European hospital laboratories for detection of SARS-CoV-2 and listed the main drawbacks for implementation.
Forty-five percent of the surveyed labs had a test in place by March 26th which is well into the first wave of the pandemic in most countries.
The main implementation barriers for introduction of a SARSCoV-2 molecular assay in European diagnostic laboratories were availability of positive controls and a specificity panel.