December 2012

Malaria RDT Product Testing Reports

Results of WHO product testing of malaria RDTs

The evaluation programme is funded by UNITAID and run by FIND and the WHO Global Malaria Programme (GMP) in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This report is the fourth in a series of laboratory-based evaluations of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria. It provides a comparative measure of their performance in a standardized way to distinguish between well and poorly performing tests. This information can be used by malaria control programmes and to guide UN procurement policy for these diagnostic tools. In Round 4, 48 products were evaluated, including 13 resubmissions from earlier rounds of product testing. Overall, the majority of resubmitted products either maintained or improved their performance in Round 4, indicating product improvement by the manufacturers. Also included in the report is an algorithm to assist in the RDT selection process, a field tool to assess RDT packaging, safety and ease-of-use, and a pictorial guide to common anomalies seen in production lots.

Reports

 Executive summaries

Bilan des résultats

Round 1-4 evaluation panels

Interactive guide

Results of testing in form of interactive charts

Other information

Methods Manual for Product Testing of Malaria RDTs, Version 5, 2012