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NEW YORK – In response to encouragement from a number of stakeholders, the US Food and Drug Administration has broadened its emergency use authorization process for tests to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes novel coronavirus disease COVID-19. High-complexity labs are now permitted to develop their own tests.

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UK Royal Statistical Society is organizing a working group to develop guidelines for assessing COVID-19 tests, the Guardian reports.

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