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In vitro diagnostics (IVDs) are tests conducted on blood, urine, stool, tissue samples that provide medical information used to diagnose conditions from mild infections to life threatening cancers. IVD tests are often carried out in state of the art laboratories providing information on complex conditions. IVDs can also be used directly by patients, usually for the monitoring of chronic conditions such as diabetes. Latest technologies are expanding the use of IVDs around the world, even to resource limited areas.
The IVD industry produces reagents, analytical instruments, and accessory products that are used to perform diagnostic laboratory tests.
Reagents are solutions of highly-specific biological or chemical substances that are able to react with target substances in the samples. This process will result in a product that can be measured or seen.
The analytical instruments are the various machines and equipment that automate the process and are used to bring samples and reagents together. Analytical instruments measure the result or other qualities and parameters in the samples.
Accessory products, such as the software programs used to run the instrumentation, and control solutions that check the performance of the systems are also produced by the IVD industry.