WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--College of American Pathologists (CAP) President Patrick Godbey, MD, FCAP, issued the following regarding the reintroduction of the Verifying Accurate Leading-edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act of 2021. Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN) on June 24 released the VALID Act, which would provide regulatory oversight of laboratory-developed tests.
“As the leader in laboratory quality and improvement programs, the CAP is committed to excellence in the practice of pathology and ensuring patient access to high-quality tests. The CAP appreciates the efforts of Sens. Burr and Bennet, and Reps. DeGette and Bucshon to solicit broad input from multiple stakeholders to produce the bipartisan, bicameral VALID Act. This bill continues to move in the right direction and provides the most viable legislative pathway to reaching a consensus on the oversight of laboratory-developed tests. A legislative approach to oversight of LDTs must leverage existing processes to maintain safe and reliable testing for patients today without stifling innovation of future tests. The CAP looks forward to engaging on the latest version of the VALID Act with the bill’s sponsors, other members of Congress, groups representing patients and other physicians, the US Food and Drug Administration, and the White House as the proposal moves ahead.”
About the College of American Pathologists
As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. As a 501(c)(6) membership organization, the CAP is the only entity representing pathologists with unrestricted advocacy capability and a political action committee, PathPAC. For more information, visit yourpathologist.org to watch pathologists at work and see the stories of the patients who trust them with their care. Read the CAP Annual Report.