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While some groups have communicated their concerns directly to the agency, stakeholders have also formed a new coalition to publicly take issue with FDA's actions.

The industry organization issued a letter urging the agency to reconsider recent decisions to demand several laboratories stop offering pharmacogenetic testing.

In response to CMS reopening its national coverage determination to address its germline testing policy, stakeholders point out areas of concern and confusion.  

CMS had received significant stakeholder feedback that germline NGS testing is not the same as somatic testing, and that the NCD as written would negatively impact patients.

The diversity of the organizations that have signed the letter to CMS demonstrates widespread concern over this policy.

CMS's move to restrict coverage could limit test access for early-stage cancer patients and negatively impact lab revenues.

At the Personalized Medicine Conference this week, stakeholders historically at odds over lab test regulation said it is up to Congress to resolve the issue.

Seventeen organizations don't support the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act as written and would like lawmakers to advance a CLIA-centric framework.


The agency asked Reps. Bucshon and DeGette to consider the precertification program idea as they work on refining the draft of the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act.

These lobbying efforts aim to shore up willingness among legislators to step in and halt implementation of the NCD if certain provisions remain in the final version.

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Researchers have developed a robotic lab assistant, the Verge reports.

CBC News reports Canada's Supreme Court is to rule on the constitutionality of the country's genetic non-discrimination law today.

The Associated Press reports the World Health Organization is sending experts to China to investigate the animal source of SARS-CoV-2.

In Science this week: atlas of affected cell populations in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and more.