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Facilitating Fast and Reliable SARS-CoV-2 Testing Around the World

The COVID-19 outbreak has greatly impacted our society and economy – putting our health, peace of mind, and global stability at risk.

Recognizing the magnitude of this crisis, CENTOGENE has rapidly responded, developing - together with the partnering physicians of the Dr. Bauer Laboratoriums GmbH - a fully validated SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test to prevent a further virus outbreak and help individuals who may not otherwise have access to testing. With tests being performed under the responsibility of our partnering physicians from Dr. Bauer Laboratoriums GmbH using resources of our ISO 15189 accredited laboratories, and patient data privacy ensured by using state-of-the-art security mechanisms, CENTOGENE offers complete assurance and peace of mind as a partner of choice.

Key Test Features

Fully validated SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test

Emergency Use Authorisation by the US Food and Drug Administration

Rapid turnaround time - optional Fast Track Report at Frankfurt Airport

About SARS-CoV-2

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2 which first appeared in China in December 2019. In approximately 86% of all infected individuals, the infection is mild to asymptomatic (Ruiyun Li et al., Science, 2020). However, especially in older people with preexisting illnesses, the virus can lead to severe respiratory disease or even severe pneumonia.

Early detection of SARS-CoV-2 is vital in providing the best care possible to patients and contact persons preventing further spreading of this highly contagious virus.

Testing Procedure

1. Registration on the secure web portal

2. Sample is taken

3. Sample is analyzed1, and the result report is provided through the online portal

About the Test

The SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test is a real-time test based on the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 in samples of the upper respiratory tract (oropharyngeal swabs) collected from individuals suspected by their healthcare provider to have COVID-19, belonging to a risk cohort, or having been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient.

The results are used to identify SARS-CoV-2 RNA, which is usually detectable in oropharyngeal samples during the acute phase of the infection.

The SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR assay targets two specific regions of the SARS-CoV-2 virus genome to guarantee unequivocal detection of the virus:

  • Positive (Detectable) Test Result - Amplification of both targets results reflects presumptive positive (detectable) test result. Positive results indicate the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA, and clinical correlation with patient history and other diagnostic information is highly recommended to determine the patient's infection status.
  • Negative (Non-Detectable) Test Result - Amplification of neither target reflects a negative (non-detectable) test results.  Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions. Negative results must be combined with clinical observations, patient history, and epidemiological information.

Quality Assurance

Validation process in accordance with the SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR assay

  • Highest reproducibility of results for a viral RNA-based positive control within (intra) runs and between (inter) runs.
  • Highest reproducibility of negative control QC (negative and no template controls).
  • Consistency of results for positive samples as verified by external laboratories.
  • Highest reproducibility of results over time after sampling (0-72 h).
  • Highest reproducibility of positive samples (>98.9%) by using CentoSwab™ up to 72 h at 2-8°C after sampling.
  • CentoSwab™ is manufactured by our ISO 13485 certified partner RoweMed AG.

Accreditation of SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Testing provided by our laboratory partner Dr. Bauer Laboratoriums GmbH

The SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Testing is provided under the responsibility of the physicians at our laboratory partner Dr. Bauer Laboratoriums GmbH, which are using CENTOGENE’s established resources:

  • CENTOGENE is CAP and CLIA accredited, ISO 15189 certified; the biorepository is CAP accredited.
  • The SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • CENTOGENE's laboratories fulfills the EU guidelines for in-vitro-diagnostics (IVD) adhering to extensive interlaboratory comparison testing.
  • External concordance testing by Charité University Clinic - Berlin, Germany (reference lab according to WHO) has taken place.
  • External quality assurance is carried out (each quarter) at CENTOGENE's laboratories in Frankfurt and Hamburg under the guidelines of INSTAND e.V. for SARS-CoV-2 testing with inactivated positive and negative proband material.
  • CENTOGENE's laboratories in Frankfurt and Hamburg are certified participants in the QCMD (Quality Control for Molecular Diagnostics) 2020 SARS-CoV-2 EQA (External Quality Asessment) Programme.

Download Accreditation Certificates

INSTAND e.V. Zertifikat Frankfurt Lab


INSTAND e.V. Zertifikat Hamburg Lab


QCMD Quality Assessment Programme Certificate - Frankfurt Lab


QCMD Quality Assessment Programme Certificate - Hamburg Lab


Your End-to-End Solution

The COVID-19 RT-PCR testing is intended to be used by qualified and trained laboratory personnel who are specifically instructed and trained in the techniques of real-time RT-PCR and who meet the CLIA requirements of high complexity testing personnel.

Fully Validated Sample Collection Kit (or an equivalent swab)

High-Throughput Testing to Detect SARS-CoV-2

Forgery-Proof Reporting via the Blockchain

Do You Have Further Questions?

If you have any questions regarding our SARS-CoV-2 Testing, please don’t hesitate to contact us:


  +49 (0) 381 - 80113 700

Mon. – Sun. 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. CEST

Downloads available

  • SARS-CoV-2 Testing Data Protection Flyer


Webinars on COVID-19 Testing Solutions

Intended Use

The SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test is intended for use under the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization and is only allowed to be performed within a CLIA high-complexity lab and by specifically trained personnel.


1The sample analysis is carried out by the laboratory partner Dr. Bauer Laboratoriums GmbH.