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On August 9, 2019, the New CTS Laboratory Information System has been successfully implemented in St Louis. We complete any pending result uploads and resume scheduled result uploads. Congratulations on this important success!    
CTS Charlotte Lab successfully implemented WNV NAT testing on the Panther Testing Platform on Monday, July 29th. As previously communicated, the Grifols assay and sample requirements are the same, and the package insert has been modified to state the assay is specific to the Panther Testing Platform. The new package insert, assay history list, and platform history list are now available on our website.    
On June 13, 2019, CTS provided information regarding the manufacturer’s discontinuation of HIV-1 IFA test kits. The original communication indicated that CTS inventory would be exhausted by September 1, 2019 but we now have sufficient inventory to last until September 30, 2019. Check out the Communication page for the complete details for the replacement of HIV-1 IFA or by clicking the link: Communications
On May 9, 2019 the Food and Drug Administration issued a “Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Transfusion-Transmitted Babesiosis” guidance document with a maximum 12 month implementation timeline. Per the FDA guidance document recommendations, CTS is developing a specific implementation plan for mandatory Babesia testing well before the May 8, 2020 deadline.Check out the Communication page for the complete details on the updated forms or by clicking the link: Communications
As a service to our partners, CTS provides a copy of all licenses and accreditations on our website. Many of the licenses have recently renewed and are now available. On a related note, the FDA registrations are in a new format beginning in 2019 and have also moved to using standard dates, with each registration beginning on 01/01 and ending 12/31 of each year. Please email any questions to ctscustomerservice@mycts.org.Check out the Accreditation/Licenses page here:
As a friendly reminder, airlines often change their routine flights and cargo hours for holidays. We recommend you check with your couriers, airline carriers, and Fed-Ex or UPS if applicable to verify hours for the upcoming 4th of July so that you can avoid any issues with transportation of your samples to CTS. Happy 4th of July!
The CTS forms listed below have been revised with an implementation date of September 2, 2019.Check out the Communication page for the complete details on the updated forms or by clicking the link: Communications
CTS Dallas and Phoenix Labs successfully implemented WNV NAT testing on the Panther Testing Platform on Monday, June 17th. As previously communicated, the Grifols assay and sample requirements are the same, and the package insert has been modified to state the assay is specific to the Panther Testing Platform. The new package insert, assay history list, and platform history list are now available on our website.    
CTS received notification from Sanochemia Pharmazeutika AG of their intent to immediately discontinue production of Fluorognost HIV-1 IFA test kits routinely used for confirmation of HIV-1 antibody-reactive donations. Based on our current testing volume, CTS has sufficient HIV-1 IFA reagent inventory to continue performing this confirmatory test through the end of August 2019.Check out the Communication page for the complete details on the updated IFA HIV-1 assay or by clicking the link:
On June 13, 2019, the New CTS Laboratory Information System has been successfully implemented in Charlotte. We complete any pending result uploads and resume scheduled result uploads. Congratulations on this important success!    
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