By Turna Ray

It's a given that technology moves faster than regulation, but when it comes to the US Food and Drug Administration's framework for laboratory-developed tests, the pace of progress has been particularly slow.

Four months after the FDA announced its intent to regulate LDTs, the agency has yet to put any meat on the bones of its plan to base forthcoming regulations on the intended use and the risk of a given test, and FDA officials have reiterated that they are keeping all ideas on the table.

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