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MCMi News and Events

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News from the FDA Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats (OCET), Medical Countermeasures Initiative (MCMi), and federal and industry partners. This page is updated frequently.


  • October 10, 2014: FDA authorized emergency use of two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) diagnostic tests to detect the Ebola Zaire virus in individuals in affected areas with signs and symptoms of Ebola virus infection and/or epidemiological risk factors. The CDC Ebola Virus NP Real-time RT-PCR Assay and the CDC Ebola Virus VP40 Real-time RT-PCR Assay can test for the virus in whole blood, serum, and plasma specimens, and can also be used with urine specimens when tested in conjunction with whole blood, serum, or plasma from the same patient. Use of these tests is limited to qualified laboratories designated by the CDC. more

  • October 10, 2014: Upon request from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), FDA has reissued the August 5, 2014 Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use of a DoD diagnostic test to detect the Ebola Zaire virus. The test is designed for use in individuals, including DoD personnel, who may be at risk of infection as a result of the outbreak. The reissued EUA replaces the August 5, 2014 EUA. The EUA has been amended to expand the types of specimens that can be tested to include whole blood and plasma, in addition to blood or plasma that has been treated to make the sample non-infectious. The August 5 letter of authorization, fact sheets, and instructions for use have all been reissued to reflect this amendment. more

  • August 5, 2014: (see note above about update on October 10, 2014) Emergency Use Authorization for DoD EZ1 Real-time RT-PCR Assay for the presumptive detection of Ebola Zaire virus - FDA has authorized the use of an in vitro diagnostic test developed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to detect the Ebola Zaire virus. The agency has authorized its use in laboratories designated by DoD to help facilitate effective response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Related: August 12, 2014 Federal Register notice - HHS Declaration Regarding Emergency Use of In Vitro Diagnostics for Detection of Ebola; September 17, 2014 Federal Register notice - Authorization of Emergency Use of an In Vitro Diagnostic Device for Detection of Ebola Zaire Virus) 

  • June  10, 2014: Emergency Use Authorization (Potential Emergency) for CDC IVD for MERS-CoV - In response to CDC’s request to amend this EUA, on June 10, 2014 FDA reissued the June 5, 2013 EUA in its entirety with the CDC-requested amendments incorporated.  The amendments authorize the expanded use of the CDC assay to include testing persons who may not be exhibiting signs and symptoms associated with MERS-CoV infection, but who meet certain epidemiological risk factors. The EUA amendments also include a new fact sheet for contacts of MERS cases and revisions/updates to the instructions for use and fact sheets for patients and health care professionals. This device will be distributed by CDC to qualified laboratories.

  • April 25, 2014: Emergency Use Authorization (Potential Emergency) for Arbor Vita Corporation IVD for H7N9 Influenza

  • February 14, 2014: Emergency Use Authorization (Potential Emergency) for Quidel IVD for H7N9 Influenza (Federal Register notice)

  • January 2, 2014: FDA issued a PAHPRA question and answer document (PDF, 762 KB) to respond to questions raised by public health stakeholders about PAHPRA’s amendments to the EUA authority and establishment of new authorities related to the emergency use of MCMs during CBRN emergencies

  • View more information and all current EUAs on our Emergency Use Authorization page, or view the EUA archive for EUAs that are no longer in effect
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